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Dragons can’t solve Whitecaps’ Manning and Schmidt in 8-0 loss to close out Midwest League First half




Grand Rapids, Mich.—West Michigan pitchers Matt Manning and Clate Schmidt combined on a four-hit shutout as the Whitecaps defeated the Dayton Dragons 8-0 on Sunday afternoon.  The Whitecaps completed a sweep of the three-game series with the Dragons in the final game of the first half.


The Dragons finished the half with a record of 31-37.  They finished in sixth place in the Midwest League East Division.  West Michigan finished at 36-34.

Matt Manning

Clate Schmidt

Grand Rapids, Mich.—West Michigan pitchers Matt Manning and Clate Schmidt combined on a four-hit shutout as the Whitecaps defeated the Dayton Dragons 8-0 on Sunday afternoon.  The Whitecaps completed a sweep of the three-game series with the Dragons in the final game of the first half.


The Dragons finished the half with a record of 31-37.  They finished in sixth place in the Midwest League East Division.  West Michigan finished at 36-34.


West Michigan built a 6-0 lead with three runs in the third inning and three more in the fourth to take command.  They added to runs in the seventh to close out the scoring.


The Dragons had some opportunities to score early in the game but they could not capitalize.  They put the lead-off man on base in the second, third, and fourth innings, but finished the day without advancing a runner past second base.


Dragons starting pitcher Packy Naughton (3-7) suffered the loss.  He worked three and one-third innings, allowing six runs on 11 hits with one walk and four strikeouts.


New Dragons reliever Miguel Aguilar was the bright spot of the afternoon for the Dayton club.  He worked two and two-thirds innings without allowing a hit, walk, or run in his first game with the club.


Up Next:  The Dragons open the Second Half in the Midwest League’s split-season format on Thursday, June 21 when they host the South Bend Cubs at 7:00 p.m. at Fifth Third Field.  Records for all MWL teams will revert to 0-0 to start the second half.  The top two second half finishers in each division will qualify for post-season play.  Lansing and Bowling Green, the top two finishers in the first half in the East Division, are ineligible for Second Half playoff spots.


Game Broadcast:  All Dragons games are broadcast on radio on Fox Sports 980 WONE and on the internet at Games are also available on the Dayton Dragons mobile app.


For Dragons 2018 ticket information, call (937) 228-2287.



Cavs like what they saw out of Rodney Hood in 21 games; willing to offer a qualifying offer free agent contract

Rodney Hood driving to the basket 2018 photo By Erik Drost, CC BY 2.0, https


The Cleveland Cavaliers made a key trade to get 6’8 shooting guard Rodney Hood in a three-team trade involving the Utah Stars and Sacramento Kings.

The trade was one of several by Cleveland that day to move out aging players and to bring in more athletic, younger players. Thus, the 25-year-old Hood.

He played well in just four months, playing in 21 games, starting 11, averaging 25.3 minutes per game, shooting .813 from the free throw line and 2.6 rebounds per game. He helped lead the Cavaliers to the NBA Finals where they lost to the Golden State Warriors for the third time in the past four years. He was inconsistent at times but showed in the Finals that he can play combining for 25 points and 14 rebounds.

Radio, TV and Sports talk shows are reporting that the Cavaliers, in preparing for next season, are going to offer Duke University product a qualifying offer to stay in Cleveland. He is one of the players that LeBron James likes playing with.

As a restricted free agent, another team can offer Hood a contract that the Cavaliers must match. If Cavs management believe that the offer doesn’t match their monetary worth of Hood, they will lose him to that team.

Management feels that a full training camp under Tyronn Lue and the rest of his teammates will benefit the left-handed shooting Hood.

2018 NHL Awards Show presented by Hulu, set for Las Vegas on June 20




Hosted by NHL Players, Coaches and General Managers, Event Will Feature Commemorations of Humboldt Broncos, Las Vegas and Parkland Survivors and First Responders; Live Broadcast Set for 8:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m. PT on NBCSN and Sportsnet



NEW YORK / TORONTO (June 18, 2018) – The finalists for the top awards will act as co-hosts in this year’s 2018 NHL Awards™ presented by Hulu at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, the National Hockey League (NHL®) announced today. NBCSN and Sportsnet will broadcast the two-hour television event on Wednesday, June 20, live in the United States and Canada, respectively, at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT.


This year, NHL players, coaches and general managers will anchor the program, which will feature special commemorations of three tragedies that touched the hockey world and garnered immense support from the entire NHL community. Survivors and first responders from last October’s Las Vegas shooting; members of the hockey team from Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.; and surviving members of the Humboldt Broncos junior team will be recognized and honored at the event. In the aftermath of each tragedy, NHL teams, current and former NHL players, coaches and fans rallied to provide emotional and monetary support to survivors and first responders.


The NHL Awards™ in Las Vegas will mark the first time 10 of the surviving members of the Broncos hockey team will reunite since the April 6 crash, due in part to the generous support of Air Canada and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas.


Also presenting this year will be NHL legends Eric LindrosMark Messier and Willie O’Ree; 2018 U.S. Women’s Hockey Olympic Gold Medalists Meghan Duggan and Amanda Kessel; 2018 Canadian Women’s Hockey Olympic Silver Medalists Marie-Philip Poulin and Brianne Jenner; actors Jim BelushiLynda Carter, Colin HanksAndrew HerrDylan PlayfairJacob Tremblay; entertainer Terry Fator; illusionist Darcy Oake; Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson and his wife, Nicholle; NHL broadcasters Anson CarterElliotte FriedmanJamie HerschScott OakeKathryn Tappen and Kevin Weekes; and On the Bench hosts Jacob Ardown and Olly Postanin.


The 2018 NHL Awards™ presented by Hulu will honor the best regular-season performances in a wide range of categories — including most valuable player (Hart Trophy), outstanding goaltender (Vezina Trophy), outstanding defenseman (Norris Trophy) and outstanding rookie (Calder Trophy). The Ted Lindsay Award, which is presented annually to the “most outstanding player” in the NHL as voted by fellow members of the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA), also will be awarded.


The Willie O’Ree Community Hero Award, which recognizes an individual who – through the game of hockey – has positively impacted his or her community, culture or society, will be presented at the 2018 NHL Awards for the first time. The award is named in honor of NHL trailblazer Willie O’Ree, who became the first black player in the NHL in 1958 and has spent the last two decades tirelessly working in grassroots hockey to inspire underserved, marginalized and disadvantaged youth to set goals and follow their dreams.


NHL Network™, and NHL Social™ will provide comprehensive coverage of the 2018 NHL Awards™ presented by Hulu and red carpet arrivals. Fans can follow the festivities across the NHL’s social media channels via the official hashtag #NHLAwards.



Daily Almanac for Monday, June 18, 2018: Day 169 of the Year



Sally Ride in 1984. On this date in 1983, she became the first American woman in Space. Public Domain photo, https















Indianapolis Indians ace Nick Kingham named IL Pitcher of the Week



Nick Kingham

The Indianapolis Indians team has made a habit of winning the International League’s Pitcher or Player of the Week honors this season.

Ace starting pitcher Nick Kingham won the league’s top pitcher honor on April 16, and leadoff hitter/SS Kevin Newman won the IL Player of the Week honor for the week of May 7-13.

On Monday, the right-handed Kingham did it again; being named as the IL Pitcher of the Week for June 11-17. Kingham tossed eight shutout innings against IL West Division-leading Toledo on June 14 at Victory Field, taking home his second IL weekly honor already this season.

Kingham, 26, retired the first 19 batters he faced in his MLB debut at PNC Park against St. Louis on April 29 and replicated that performance against the Mud Hens last Thursday, retiring the first 19 batters of the game before surrendering an infield single with one out in the seventh.

Kingham surrendered just two hits with no walks and six strikeouts in the Indians’ 7-3 victory, improving to 3-1 with a 1.67 ERA (7 ER/37.2 IP) across seven Triple-A starts this year. IL opponents are batting just .191 (25-for-131) with 36 strikeouts against him.



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