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Chapman Works Shutout Inning; Dragons Fall 8-6

Eastlake, Ohio—Eric Haase belted a two-run home to break a 6-6 tie in the eighth inning to lift the Lake County Captains to an 8-6 victory over the Dayton Dragons on Saturday afternoon.  The home run by Haase denied a Dragons comeback effort.  The Dragons trailed 6-2 after six innings but rallied to eventually tie the game in the top of the eighth.
 
Reds all-star Aroldis Chapman started the game for the Dragons in his second injury rehabilitation assignment.  Chapman pitched to three batters over one inning.  He struck out the first batter he faced and then got a pop-out to the catcher.  He walked the third batter of the inning on a 3-2 pitch but then picked that runner off first base to conclude his outing.  Chapman expects to make two more rehab appearances in the Minor Leagues before being activated by the Reds.
 
Haase, the Midwest League leader in home runs with six, blasted the homer to right field off Dragons reliever Tony Amezcua (0-1) with no one out and a runner at first in the bottom of the eighth.  The Dragons were retired in order in the ninth as they suffered their fifth consecutive loss after winning five straight games.
 
The Dragons pushed across two runs in the seventh to cut a 6-2 deficit to 6-4.  Then in the top of the eighth, Tanner Rahier led off with a home run to left field, his third of the season, to make it 6-5.  With one out, Sammy Diaz walked, went to second on a wild pitch, and scored on Carlton Daal’s single to right to tie the game.
 
The Dragons took an early lead, scoring one run in the second on a pair of doubles by Rahier and Diaz to go ahead 1-0.  But Lake County scored one run in the third and two more in the fourth to jump out to a 3-1 lead.  In the Dayton fifth, Jamodrick McGruder tripled with one out and scored on Jeff Gelalich’s sacrifice fly to make it 3-2.  But Lake County responded with three runs in the sixth to extend their lead to 6-2.
 
Dragons pitcher Ismael Guillon, normally a starter, followed Chapman to the mound, and suffered his roughest outing of the season.  He went four and two-thirds innings, allowing four hits and six runs (four earned) with three walks, six strikeouts, and four wild pitches.  He was not involved in the decision.
 
The Dragons finished with eight hits.  Rahier had a home run and double.  McGruder, and Daal each had two hits.  McGruder is 5 for 10 in the series.
 
The loss dropped the Dragons to 16-12 on the season.  They began the day in first place with a one-half game lead on South Bend and West Michigan.Chapman Works Shutout Inning; Dragons Fall 8-6

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The Brewers dropped back-to-back games for the first time in more than a month, and it came at a bad time. They started the day 3 1/2 games behind St. Louis for the final NL wild card spot.

They got no break from the Reds, who clinched the NL Central title on Saturday night.

Manager Dusty Baker met players before the game and revealed he suffered a mini-stroke in addition to being treated for an irregular heartbeat last week. The 63-year-old manager hopes to return to the dugout next week.

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CINCINNATI (AP) -- Dusty Baker won't manage the Cincinnati Reds until the final series in St. Louis, giving him time to recover from an irregular heartbeat that left him hospitalized last week.

Baker met with owner Bob Castellini and his team on Tuesday before a game against the Brewers. Bench coach Chris Speier said he'll manage the final three home games against Milwaukee and three in Pittsburgh over the weekend, with Baker taking over for the last three games next week.

The 63-year-old manager was hospitalized in Chicago last Wednesday for an irregular heartbeat, a problem he's had for a while. He was in the hospital for four days, missing the Reds' 6-0 win over the Dodgers on Saturday night that clinched the NL Central title.

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CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago White Sox have lost sole possession of first place in the AL Central race, with the Indians playing spoiler. Gordon Beckham hit into a game-ending forceout with the potential tying run on second base yesterday as the Indians downed the White Sox 4-3.

Down 4-0 in the fourth inning, the White Sox closed within a run when Paul Konerko homered off Chris Perez leading off the ninth. Perez walked a pair of batters with two outs, and Beckham grounded to shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, who threw to second baseman Jason Kipnis for the force.

Chicago (82-72) had held sole possession of the division lead since September 3. Detroit pulled into a tie for the division lead with its win over Kansas City last night.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Through four games and four victories, Ohio State's defense has faced a continual drumbeat of short passes, quick routes, screens and sweeps.

Every opponent, it seems, has relied on a sleight of hand.

Now the Buckeyes are looking forward to getting into familiar territory when they open Big Ten play.

When No. 14 Ohio State travels to 20th-ranked Michigan State on Saturday, the Buckeyes anticipate they'll run into a more conventional Midwestern attack. Granted, that means having to counteract the 244-pound blasts of the Spartans' massive Le'Veon Bell.

But after a month of chasing people, the Buckeyes think they might benefit from a change of pace from the subterfuge and rush-avoiding quick-hitters in a trade for raw man-on-man power struggles at the line of scrimmage.

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EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan State's lackluster win last weekend got to coach Mark Dantonio.

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