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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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INDIANS-TWINS

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Trevor Plouffe led off the 11th inning with a soaring home run to lift the Minnesota Twins to a 3-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Friday night.

Plouffe connected against Bryan Shaw (0-1), sending a drive into the second deck in left field and getting swarmed by teammates as he hit home plate. Chris Herrmann had two hits, an RBI and some slick baserunning to help the Twins win their third straight.

Brandon Moss homered for the Indians (3-6), who fell to 0-3 in games pitched by AL Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber.

Kluber was perfect through five innings, but uncharacteristically erratic after that. He gave up two runs on three hits and struck out eight in eight innings. He also threw two wild pitches and hit a batter.

Blaine Boyer (1-1) went 1 1-3 innings for the win.

REDS-CARDINALS

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Michael Wacha pitched seven strong innings and Yadier Molina delivered a bases-clearing double to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 6-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night.

With the score 1-1, Matt Holliday led off the bottom of the seventh with a single to right field. He went to third on a one-out double by Jhonny Peralta. After Jon Jay was intentionally walked, Molina lined the first pitch from Johnny Cueto down the left-field line that scored three.

Joey Votto gave Cincinnati a first-inning lead with his fourth homer, his third against St. Louis.

Matt Carpenter tied the game in the bottom of the inning after doubling, going to third on a groundout and scoring when he somersaulted over catcher Brayan Pena on Holliday's fly to center.

BROWNS-MANZIEL

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel has apologized to the team and its fans and asked for privacy during his recovery from an undisclosed substance problem.

Manziel released a statement through the Browns on Friday. He thanked doctors and staff at Caron, a Pennsylvania facility which specializes in the treatment of drugs and alcohol. Manziel was discharged last week following a 2 1/2-month stay.

Manziel says he takes "full responsibility for my actions" and he intends to "work very hard to regain everyone's trust and respect."

Manziel, who earned his "Johnny Football" nickname while winning the Heisman Trophy as a freshman at Texas A&M, intends to attend Cleveland's offseason practices next week.

Earlier this week, he attended a Texas Rangers game followed by a visit to see the Dallas Mavericks play.

Manziel had a rough rookie season in 2014. He spent most of it as the team's backup before making two starts.

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