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Dragons Fall 8-3 in Home Opener Sunday

Dayton, Ohio—The South Bend Cubs broke open a one-run game by scoring four times in the seventh inning on the way to an 8-3 victory over the Dayton Dragons on Sunday afternoon.  The game was the annual home opener for the Dragons as a crowd of 9,027 attended at Fifth Third Field.
 
South Bend got the scoring started with three runs in the top of the third inning, keyed by a run-scoring triple by Trey Martin.  The Dragons answered with three runs in the bottom of the third.  Jimmy Pickens led off the Dayton half of the inning with a single to left-center field and eventually scored on Garrett Boulware’s double to left.  Boulware went to third on an infield single by Ronald Bueno and scored on an error.  After Gavin LaValley’s hard single to left loaded the bases, Bueno scored on Brian O’Grady’s ground out to tie the game at 3-3.
 
South Bend scored an unearned run in the fifth before breaking the game open with four runs in the seventh against Dragons reliever Jeremy Kivel.  Five of the first six batters in the inning collected singles to bring in two runs before back-to-back bases loaded walks forced in two more as South Bend took an 8-3 lead and closed out the scoring.
 
Dragons starter Tejay Antone (0-1) pitched well with the exception of the three-run third inning but suffered the loss.  He worked five innings, allowing four hits and four runs (three earned) with three walks and six strikeouts.
 
Brennan Bernardino replaced Antone and worked a perfect sixth inning.  Kivel pitched the seventh, allowing five hits and four runs with two walks and two strikeouts.  Brian Hunter tossed the final two innings, allowing two hits and two walks but no runs with three strikeouts.
 
The Dragons collected seven hits, matching their number for each of their three previous games on the year.  Pickens was 2 for 4 with a run scored and a stolen base.  Boulware’s double was the only Dragons extra base hit.
 
The Dragons fell to 1-3 on the year while South Bend improved to 3-1.  The two teams will meet again on Monday night at 7:00 p.m. at Fifth Third Field in the second game of the series.  Batavia, Ohio native Seth Varner will make his first start for the Dragons while South Bend will counter with Trevor Clifton.  The series will conclude on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.
Dragons Fall 8-3 in Home Opener Sunday

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REDS-CARDINALS

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Joey Votto hit a three-run home run in support of Mike Leake, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-0 on Tuesday night.

Votto is the hottest hitter in the majors since the All-Star break, batting .561. He also walked, singled and doubled, giving him an NL-leading 37 multi-hit games.

Leake (9-5) allowed four hits in eight innings to win his fourth straight start. He allowed just two earned runs in his last 30 innings for a 0.60 ERA.

Jaime Garcia (3-4), activated from the 15-day disabled list earlier in the day, made his first start since June 2 and gave up three runs and four hits in six innings. He is 10-3 against the Reds, including 7-1 at home.

ROYALS-INDIANS

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Eric Hosmer's homer with two outs in the ninth inning lifted the Kansas City Royals to a 2-1 victory on Tuesday night over the Cleveland Indians, who have lost eight straight at home -- their longest home losing streak in 40 years.

Hosmer hit a 3-2 pitch from Trevor Bauer (8-8) over the wall in right for his 11th homer. The shot came one pitch after Indians catcher Roberto Perez threw out Lorenzo Cain trying to steal second. When his homer cleared the wall, Hosmer pointed toward Kansas City's dugout, which was celebrating wildly.

Wade Davis (7-1) pitched a perfect eighth and Greg Holland worked the ninth -- getting a nifty groundout, and a game-ending double play -- for his 22nd save as the Royals won their fourth straight and 16th in 21 games.

ANGELS-INDIANS TRADE

CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Cleveland Indians have traded veteran outfielder David Murphy to the Los Angeles Angels for minor league shortstop Eric Stamets.

Murphy was originally in Cleveland's lineup Tuesday night, batting fourth as the designated hitter against Kansas City. But he was scratched about an hour before the first pitch.

Murphy's batting .296 with five homers and 27 RBIs in 84 games for the disappointing Indians, who have lost five straight and fallen into last place in the AL Central.

The Angels entered action leading the AL West by one game over Houston.

Stamets, 23, has spent the entire 2015 season at Double-A Arkansas, batting .248 (53-214) with three homers and 23 RBIs in 62 games.

Murphy signed as a free agent with the Indians in 2013. He's making $6 million this season with a $7 million club option for 2016. He batted .262 with eight homers and 58 RBIs last season.

BENGALS-THE PAST

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Bengals owner Mike Brown has changed his mind and is finally willing to honor some of the franchise's best players at a stadium where there is virtually no trace of the past.

Brown says he's never been nostalgic and doesn't care for paying tribute to past stars. The only nod to the Bengals' history at Paul Brown Stadium is that it's named after his father, something that left him with mixed feelings. There is no Bengals Hall of Fame.

Other NFL teams have rings of honor or statues honoring figures from the past.

During the team's annual training camp luncheon on Tuesday, Brown said the team is considering ways to recognize previous players at the stadium.

MICHIGAN-JERSEYS

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan will retire six jersey numbers in a ceremony at the Ohio State game Nov. 28, ending the school's "legends program" in which players were given the same numbers as some of the team's all-time greats.

Michigan says it will retire Gerald Ford's No. 48, Tom Harmon's No. 98, Desmond Howard's No. 21, Ron Kramer's No. 87, Bennie Oosterbaan's No. 47 and the Wistert brothers' No. 11.

Howard's was the only jersey of the six that was not retired at Michigan before the start of the legends program.

Coach Jim Harbaugh also said Tuesday that a plan was put in place that would enable wide receiver Dennis Norfleet to "achieve his goals academically and athletically" at Michigan. But Norfleet can talk to other schools if he wants.

MEDIA DAYS-FEW QUARTERBACKS

UNDATED (AP) -- Conference media days have become made-for-TV events, but some of the most notable players are often missing.

Plenty of teams have been leaving their quarterbacks at home. Even some of the biggest stars in college football such as Penn State's Christian Hackenberg, Clemson's Deshaun Watson and Ohio State's Cardale Jones are being left behind as coaches lean toward rewarding upperclassmen with a media day trip.

Part of the reason is that experienced seniors can stay on message.

College football's media day madness hits the home stretch this week when the Big Ten and Pac-12 hold their preseason talkfests on Thursday and Friday. The American Athletic Conference is the last FBS league to go early next week.

GOLF GREAT-THEFT

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Authorities say the son and ex-daughter-in-law of late black golfing pioneer Charlie Sifford have been indicted on charges related to the theft of more than $1 million from him.

Craig and Sandra Sifford were charged Tuesday with theft, money laundering and unauthorized use of property. The Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County prosecutor's office says they spent Sifford's money on travel, dining, clothes, jewelry and landscaping.

The prosecutor's office says an investigation into the thefts was ongoing when Sifford died in February at age 92. Sifford became the first black golfer to earn full-time playing privileges on the PGA Tour in 1961.

Authorities had received a complaint saying Craig Sifford was abusing a power of attorney for his father.

Craig and Sandra Sifford are divorced. His attorney hasn't returned a message seeking comment. A home phone number listed for them rang unanswered.

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