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Rachal, Varner Lead Dragons to 6-1 Win

Dayton -— Avain Rachal collected three hits and drove in two runs and starting pitcher Seth Varner fired five strong innings as the Dayton Dragons defeated the South Bend Cubs 6-1 on Monday night.  The Dragons improved their record to 2-3 on the year while South Bend fell to 3-2.  A crowd of 7,886 saw the Dragons second home game of the season.
Rachal became the first Dragons player this season to enjoy a three-hit game as he delivered singles in each of his first three plate appearances.  Rachal paced a 10-hit Dragons attack.
After South Bend scored a run in the top of the first inning, the Dragons answered with a three-run bottom of the first.  Ty Washington walked to start the inning, stole second, went to third on an error, and scored on Luis Gonzalez’s single to short center field to tie the game at 1-1.  After a pair of walks to Gavin LaValley and Brian O’Grady, Rachal delivered a hard single to left to drive in Gonzalez and LaValley and make it 3-1.
The Dragons tacked on single runs in the third, sixth, and eighth innings to extend their lead.  Rachal singled with two outs in the third, went to second on an error, and scored on Garrett Boulware’s run-scoring single to center.  In the sixth, Narciso Crook doubled to left field with one out, and Washington followed with a hit to right to drive him in and make it 5-1.  Jimmy Pickens led off the eighth with a double to right-center, advanced to third on Boulware’s fly out to right, and scored on Crook’s sacrifice fly to right with a great slid as he got his hand to the plate just before the tag.
The Dragons 10 hit attack was led by Rachal’s three-hit night.  Washington had two hits and drove in a run.
Varner (1-0) went the first five innings, allowing six hits and one run with no walks and six strikeouts to earn the win.  Alejandro Chacin followed Varner to the mound and worked a scoreless sixth inning, allowing one hit with a strikeout.  Scott Brattvet, who was added to the Dayton roster just prior to the game, tossed the seventh and the eighth, getting double plays in each inning.  He allowed a hit and a walk but no runs.  Conor Krauss pitched a perfect ninth inning to close it out.

The Dragons and Cubs will meet again in the rubber match of the series on Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. at Fifth Third Field.  Right-hander Mark Armstrong will start for the Dragons while South Bend will counter with Ryan Williams.  Following Tuesday’s game, the Bowling Green Hot Rods will visit Fifth Third Field for a three-game series starting Wednesday. 
Rachal, Varner Lead Dragons to 6-1 Win

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CINCINNATI (AP) -- Zack Greinke and two relievers combined on a four-hitter and the Los Angeles Dodgers completed a three-game sweep of the reeling Cincinnati Reds with a 1-0 win on Thursday.

Greinke (14-3) lowered his major league-best ERA to 1.61 and allowed four hits over seven innings while leading Los Angeles to its first sweep of a series in Cincinnati since a three-game set in July 2009. He finished with two walks and nine strikeouts.

He improved to 7-2 in 12 games against Cincinnati.

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BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel will not play in Cleveland's last two exhibition games because of lingering soreness in his right elbow.

Manziel has been shut down from throwing, and Browns coach Mike Pettine said the second-year QB will miss not only this Saturday's game at Tampa Bay but Cleveland's preseason finale at Chicago on Sept. 3.

It's a setback for Manziel, who has shown improvement following a rough rookie season, which was followed by a seven-week stay in rehab.

Pettine had planned to play Manziel in the first half against the Buccaneers starting defense.

Manziel has dealt with elbow soreness since high school. The Browns are hoping rest will alleviate his issues. Pettine said Manziel realizes sitting out is "smart" so he doesn't make the condition worse.

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