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Dragons Split Saturday Doubleheader at West Michigan

Grand Rapids, Mich.—Starting pitcher Wyatt Strahan and reliever Brian Hunter combined on a five-hit shutout as the Dayton Dragons defeated the West Michigan Whitecaps 4-0 in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon.  The Whitecaps came back to defeat the Dragons 13-3 in the second game to earn a split.
 
Strahan, a 2014 third round draft pick out of USC, earned his first professional victory.  The right-hander worked five and two-thirds innings, allowing five hits (all singles) with three walks and two strikeouts.  Hunter earned the save by retiring all four batters he faced with one strikeout.
 
The Dragons took command with two runs in the first inning and two more in the second.  They collected six hits over the first two innings including four extra base hits.  Brian O’Grady’s run-scoring triple got the scoring started, and Gavin LaValley doubled with two outs to drive in O’Grady.  In the second inning, Jimmy Pickens doubled to the right field fence to start the inning.  After a single by Garrett Boulware moved Pickens to third, Ty Washington doubled to drive in Pickens, and Boulware scored on a sacrifice fly by Luis Gonzalez to make it 4-0 and close out the scoring in the game.
 
In the second game, the Dragons trailed 5-3 before West Michigan scored eight runs in the fifth inning to break open a close  contest.  The Whitecaps took advantage of four Dayton errors in the game leading to nine unearned runs.  West Michigan’s Michael Gerber collected three hits and scored three runs to lead an 11-hit attack.
 
The Dragons were led in game two offensively by Ronald Bueno with two hits including a triple and a run scored, and Narciso Crook, who had two hits including a double, two stolen bases, and a run scored.  Dragons starting pitcher Jake Paulson suffered the loss, working three and one-third innings and allowing five runs (three earned) on five hits with a walk and a strikeout.
 
The Dragons 2015 home Opening Day game is Sunday, April 12 vs. the South Bend Cubs at 4:00 p.m. at Fifth Third Field. Tejay Antone will start for the Dragons against South Bend’s Zach Hedges.  The series will continue on Monday and Tuesday with both games at 7:00 p.m.  Seth Varner will start for the Dragons on Monday while Mark Armstrong will start on Tuesday.
 
Notes:  The Dragons went 1-2 in the series at West Michigan, collected seven hits in each game.  Crook went 3 for 10 (.300) with two doubles in the series to lead the offense.
Dragons Split Saturday Doubleheader at West Michigan

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INDIANS-ANGELS

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Conor Gillaspie hit a go-ahead home run off Corey Kluber and the Los Angeles Angels snapped a six-game losing streak, beating the Cleveland Indians 5-4 Monday night.

Garrett Richards (11-8) tied a career high with 11 strikeouts in 7 2-3 innings. Huston Street got the last three outs for his 26th save in 29 attempts, and his first since becoming the 27th member of the 300-save club on July 22.

Gillaspie connected for a two-run drive in the sixth. The Angels added another run later in the inning for a 5-3 lead.

Kluber (6-12) gave up five runs and 10 hits in 5 2-3 innings, and left with a 3.60 ERA this season.

INDIANS-KIPNIS OUT

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- The Cleveland Indians have put All-Star second baseman Jason Kipnis on the 15-day disabled list because of chronic inflammation in his right shoulder.

The Indians sent their leadoff hitter back to Cleveland to be examined by team doctors before the start of a series Monday night against the Los Angeles Angels.

Kipnis leads the American League with 132 hits, and is batting .326 with six home runs and 39 RBIs in 101 games.

The Indians recalled infielder Jose Ramirez from Triple-A Columbus. They also optioned left-hander Michael Roth to Triple-A and recalled lefty Kyle Crockett.

WHITE SOX-THOMPSON

CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago White Sox recalled outfielder Trayce Thompson from Triple-A Charlotte before Monday night's game with the Tampa Bay Rays.

Thompson takes the roster spot of right-hander Scott Carroll, who was optioned to the minors on Sunday. The White Sox had been playing one outfielder short since J.B. Shuck (left hamstring strain) was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday.

Thompson, 24, was hitting .260 with 13 home runs, 39 runs batted in and 53 runs scored for Charlotte this season.

Thompson is the son of former NBA player Mychal Thompson, who played 13 seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Lakers. One brother, Klay, currently is a member of the NBA champion Golden State Warriors, and another, Mychal Jr., formerly played with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

His father, his brothers and his mother, Julie, were expected to attend Monday's game in anticipation of his major-league debut. Thompson wasn't in the starting lineup.

HOME RUN RECORD

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- Call him the real-life Crash Davis.

Mike Hessman, an infielder for Triple-A Toledo in the Detroit Tigers' system, became the career home run leader for U.S.-based minor leagues Monday night, hitting his 433rd in the seventh inning of a game against Lehigh Valley.

Davis was the character played by Kevin Costner in the movie "Bull Durham" who set the minor league record for homers.

Hessman reached the actual mark in style, hitting a grand slam to break a tie on the career list with Buzz Arlett.

According to the Society for American Baseball Research, Hector Espino hit 484 minor league home runs, but he hit most of them in the Mexican League, which is not part of the affiliated minor league system.

The 37-year-old Hessman has played 109 games in the major leagues for Atlanta, Detroit and the New York Mets. He has not appeared in the majors since 2010. He's hit 14 homers in the majors, batting .188 overall.

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