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Whitecaps Edge Dragons, 3-2

GRAND RAPIDS — Francisco Contreras’ run-scoring single broke a 2-2 tie in the seventh inning as the West Michigan Whitecaps defeated the Dayton Dragons 3-2 on Friday night.  The Whitecaps have won the first two games of the series that concludes on Saturday night.   The Dragons began the day in a tie with Great Lakes in the wildcard race.  At the time of this posting, Great Lakes trailed Bowling Green 5-3 in the sixth inning in Kentucky.  There are 10 games remaining to play.
  West Michigan led the Dragons 2-0 through five innings before the Dragons rallied to tie the game in the sixth.  Nick Benedetto singled to start the inning and Jonathan Reynoso beat out a bunt hit.  Ronald Bueno was hit by a pitch to load the bases with no one out.  After Alex Blandino struck out, Tanner Rahier singled to left to drive in Benedetto as the bases remained loaded.  Jon Matthews then hit a fly ball to center field that was caught by Ross Kivett.  Reynoso tagged at third and tried to score.  The throw home beat Reynoso, but West Michigan catcher Arvicent Perez dropped the ball as he applied the tag and Reynoso scored to tie the game at 2-2.  With runners at second and third, Jose Ortiz grounded out to end the inning, and the Dragons did not have another base runner the rest of the night.
  In the West Michigan seventh, Domingo Leyba walked with one out against Dragons reliever Pedro Diaz (2-2), and Bennett Pickar followed with a single to move Leyba to second.  Evan Mitchell replaced Diaz and surrendered a base hit through the middle by Contreras to bring in Leyba and give West Michigan a 3-2 lead.
  Dragons starting pitcher Nick Howard pitched well.  He worked five innings, allowing four hits and two runs (one earned) with one walk and three strikeouts.  He was not involved in the decision.
  The Dragons had five hits by five different players.  All five were singles.  West Michigan pitchers walked only one and struck out 16.
  The Dragons (28-32) close out the road trip against the Whitecaps (38-22) on Saturday night at 7:10 p.m.  Amir Garrett (7-7, 3.60) will start for the Dragons against West Michigan’s Artie Lewicki (2-2, 3.05).  
  The next home game is Sunday, August 24 vs. Great Lakes at Fifth Third Field.  The game will have a special start time of 4:00 p.m.Whitecaps Edge Dragons, 3-2

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CINCINNATI (AP) -- Johnny Cueto pitched seven solid innings, and the Cincinnati Reds stayed in the chase for the NL's top record by beating the Milwaukee Brewers 4-2 on Tuesday night after learning they'll be without their manager for the rest of the week.

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.

REDS-BAKER

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.

INDIANS-WHITE SOX

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.

T25-OHIO ST-MATCHING UP

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.

T25-UPTIGHT SPARTANS

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

After the Spartans beat Eastern Michigan 23-7 Saturday, Dantonio hurried through a terse news conference full of abrupt answers. The Michigan State coach said "next question" seven times in under a minute and was clearly annoyed with the way his team played.

On Tuesday, Dantonio spoke with reporters for around a half-hour, but Michigan State isn't making any players or assistants available this week. The Spartans' coach is trying to send a clear message to his players that it's time to get serious.

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