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Dayton Dragons to wear special “DEFEATING CANCER” jerseys Friday, June 8 against Bowling Green




(courtesy Dayton Dragons)



June 5, 2018

DAYTON, OHIO—The Dayton Dragons will wear specially-designed jerseys on “Defeating Cancer Night” at Fifth Third Field on Friday, June 8 when they host the Bowling Green Hot Rods at 7:00 p.m.  Each jersey will be autographed by the Dragons player or coach who wore it that night for a jersey auction that will begin after the game.  All proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.

The specially-themed jersey night will be a first in the Dragons 19-year history.  The Dragons have never worn specially-designed jerseys for a single game and then conducted a jersey auction after the game.


See attached jersey photo


Jerseys worn by all Dragons players and coaches will be part of the auction, which will last one week and be viewable


“The Dragons organization is very excited with this opportunity to assist the American Cancer Society in their continuous fund-raising efforts,” said Robert Murphy, Dragons President & General Manager.  “This will be the first full-team jersey auction in our history and we are pleased to give fans the opportunity to bid on these special jerseys to be worn on Friday night by our players and coaches.”

“We are looking forward to Friday night and sharing our resources with the community,” said Shayna Knack, Senior Manager, Community Development, with the American Cancer Society.  “It’s an honor to be part of this event and we want to thank the Dragons organization for partnering with us in the fight to end cancer.”


Defeating Cancer Night at Fifth Third Field on June 8 will include a variety of special events and activities.


  • The American Cancer Society’s pink semi-truck will be parked on the plaza in front of the ballpark with an information table.
  • The Bob Ross Auto Group’s pink vehicle will be parked on the plaza with a tent and showcase items.
  • The Pink Ribbon Girls’ pink fire truck will be parked on the plaza with a tent and information table.
  • Free sunscreen samples will be available through a partnership between Minor League Baseball and the American Cancer Society that promotes awareness and prevention of skin cancer.
  • Andrew Heil, a two-time cancer survivor, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
  • The event will also feature in-game recognition of cancer survivors, battlers, care providers, and family members.


A portion of ticket revenue from the game on June 8 will also be donated to the American Cancer Society and Pink Ribbon Girls.



Reds pitching prospect Hunter Greene gains first career win in Dragons 11-8 slugfest vs. Lansing on June 3




Hunter Greene (courtesy Dayton Dragons)


June 3, 2018


Dayton, Ohio—Dayton’s Hunter Green recorded his first career victory as the Dragons belted three home runs on the way to an 11-8 win over the Lansing Lugnuts on Sunday afternoon.  The Dragons won two-out-of-three in the series with the Lugnuts and closed out their six-game homestand with a 4-2 record.  A crowd of 7,828 attended the game at Fifth Third Field.


Greene, the Cincinnati Reds first round draft pick in 2017, did not allow a hit until the fifth inning and left the game with an 11-1 lead. He worked five innings, giving up one run on two hits with one walk and eight strikeouts.  Greene has allowed one run or less in four of his last five starts.


The Dragons built an 8-0 lead over the first two innings, scoring three runs in the first and five in the second.  Andy Sugilio and Michael Beltre connected on back-to-back home runs in the first, and Stuart Fairchild hit a two-run homer in the second.  The Dragons collected seven hits over the first two innings.


Lansing scored one run in the top of the fifth before the Dragons responded with three runs in the bottom of the same inning to build their lead to 11-1.


Lansing battled back, scoring one run in the sixth, four in the seventh, and two in the eighth to make it 11-8.  Dragons reliever John Ghyzel entered the game to start the ninth inning and pitched a perfect frame, striking out two, to earn his league-leading 11th save of the year.


The Dragons finished the day with 11 hits.  Fairchild and John Sansone each had two.  The Dragons had seven extra base hits including doubles by Jeter Downs, Jose Garcia, and Montrell Marshall and a triple by Miles Gordon along with the three home runs.


Notes:  The Dragons improved their home record to 22-10.  The franchise record for most home wins in a half is 25.  The Dragons have four home games remaining in the first half.


In the Standings:  The Dragons are 29-26 on the year.  They are in third place, seven games behind first place Bowling Green in the Midwest League East Division.  They are six games behind Lansing, the wildcard leader, with 13 to play in the first half.


MLB announces all five Military Branches to compete in compete in inaugural “All-Star Armed Services Classic presented by T-Mobile”




(courtesy US Government)

Preliminary rounds of new round-robin tournament set for June 2 & 3 in D.C.; Championship Game will be first major event at Nationals Park during MLB All-Star Week in July


Major League Baseball today announced the “All-Star Armed Services Classic presented by T-Mobile,” a new championship tournament that will feature co-ed softball teams from each of the five United States Military Branches — U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, and U.S. Coast Guard — competing for the opportunity to play at Nationals Park during MLB All-Star Week in Washington, D.C. in July. The teams, each of which is comprised of 16 active duty members from each respective branch, will initially compete in preliminary rounds (round-robin style) at Randall Park on Saturday, June 2nd and Sunday, June 3rd to determine the final two teams. The Championship Game, which will stream LIVE on, will be played at Nationals Park on Friday, July 13th and is the first major ballpark event of All-Star Week.

Below is the tentative game schedule (weather pending) and location for the round-robin, preliminary rounds. The two teams with the best records following the completion of the preliminary rounds will advance to the Championship Game of the All-Star Armed Services Classic presented by T-Mobile at Nationals Park:

Saturday, June 2
10:00 a.m. — Army vs. Navy
11:30 a.m. — Coast Guard vs. Marine Corps
1:00 p.m. — Army vs. Air Force
2:30 p.m. — Navy vs. Marine Corps
4:00 p.m. — Coast Guard vs. Air Force

Sunday, June 3
10:00 a.m. — Army vs. Marine Corps
11:30 a.m. — Navy vs. Coast Guard
1:00 p.m. — Marine Corps vs. Air Force
2:30 p.m. — Army vs. Coast Guard
4:00 p.m. — Navy vs. Air Force

Location & Field Information: Randall Park, 555-, 599 S Capitol St SW, Washington, DC 20003

The Championship Game of the All-Star Armed Services Classic presented by T-Mobile will be a free-ticketed event for service members and their loved ones, with tickets distributed among the five U.S. military branches as well as military service organizations throughout the region. Additionally, MLB and the Nationals will invite special government and military dignitaries to attend the Championship Game in July. The Championship Game of the All-Star Armed Services Classic presented by T-Mobile will be open to the public. More information regarding ticketing and access will be announced at a later date.

Following the Championship Game, one pre-selected member of each military branch will compete in a special Home Run contest at Nationals Park. T-Mobile will make a charitable contribution to nonprofits dedicated to helping members of each service. The winner of the contest will step up to home plate during the T-Mobile Home Run Derby on Monday, July 16th at Nationals Park for the opportunity to hit a home run alongside the Major Leaguers.

All tournament rules have been determined by, and will be enforced by, USA Softball, the governing body of softball in the United States. Field dimensions for the Championship Game at Nationals Park will differ from the preliminary rounds in order to maintain field integrity leading into the All-Star ballpark events in July, including the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game and Legends & Celebrity Softball Game (Sunday, July 15th), T-Mobile Home Run Derby (Monday, July 16th), and the MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard (Tuesday, July 17th).

The All-Star Armed Services Classic presented by T-Mobile will be one of several occasions that Major League Baseball and the Washington Nationals will honor the greater military community in Washington D.C. during the 2018 Midsummer Classic this July. Previously, MLB and the Washington Nationals announced the 2018 All-Star Legacy initiative, which will include a renovation project for the USO-Metro Depot at Fort Belvoir. Additional military-inspired support and activities will be announced as All-Star Week approaches.

Read more: MLB


Dragons rally late to defeat Lugnuts in 10 innings on June 2



June 2, 2018


Dayton, Ohio—Andy Sugilio raced in from third base with the winning run on a wild pitch with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Dayton Dragons came from behind in both the ninth and 10th innings to defeat the Lansing Lugnuts 5-4 on Saturday night.  The game was played before a crowd of 8,363 at Fifth Third Field.


The game was tied 1-1 going to the top of the ninth when Lansing scored a single run to take the lead.  Dayton’s Stuart Fairchild led off the bottom of the ninth with a long home run to left field to tie the game, 2-2.  The homer was Fairchild’s fifth of the year.

Andy Sugilio scored winning run for Dragons


The game went to extra innings.  Lansing scored two runs in the top of the 10th, getting a two-out, two-run single from Kevin Vicuna to make it 4-2.


By rule, the Dragons started the bottom of the 10th with a runner at second, and Jose Garcia opened the inning with a bloop double to right field, moving Leandro Santana to third.  After Jeter Downs struck out, Sugilio lined a single to center field, scoring both Santana and Garcia to tie the game.  Michael Beltre was intentionally walked, leaving runners at first and second with one out.  With Stuart Fairchild batting, both runners advanced on a passed ball. Fairchild struck out for the second out, but with Montrell Marshall at the plate, Lansing pitcher Matt Shannon bounced a breaking ball passed the catcher for a wild pitch, allowing Sugilio to score and end the game.


The win by the Dragons was their first of the year against the first place Lugnuts this season after Lansing had won the first nine games between the two clubs.  It was the Dragons fourth “walk-off” win of the year.


Dragons starting pitcher Tyler Mondile pitched well against the league’s top hitting team.  He went six innings, allowing just one run, a first inning homer by Lansing’s Cullen Large.  Mondile gave up seven hits but he walked no one and struck out three.


The Dragons finished with nine hits.  Hendrik Clementina was 3 for 3 with a double, two singles, and a walk.  Sugilio was 3 for 5 with a double and two runs batted in.


Click here for the box score

Lansing (R-H-E):  4-11-2

Dayton (R-H-E):  5-9-0


Win:  Cory Thompson (3-1)

Loss:  Matt Shannon (2-2)

Save: None


HRDayton: Stuart Fairchild (5th, 0 on base in ninth inning).

HRLansing: Cullen Large (3rd, 0 on base in first inning).



In the Standings:  The Dragons are 28-26 on the year.  With the win, they moved ahead of West Michigan into third place, seven games behind both Lansing and Bowling Green, who are in a virtual tie at the top of the Midwest League East Division.


MLB, Camping World and Washington Nationals launch 2018 All-Star balloting on, all 30 team sites



(courtesy MLB)

Camping World, new title sponsor of the 2018 MLB All-Star ballot & MLB All-Star Final Vote, gives fans the chance to win a Freedom Elite Motorhome


Major League Baseball will mark the official start of All-Star Balloting on Friday, June 1st at 12:00 p.m. ET for the 2018 MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard, which will be held on Tuesday, July 17th at Nationals Park, the home of the Washington Nationals. The 89th Midsummer Classic, hosted by the Nationals for the first time since the franchise moved to Washington, D.C., will mark the fifth All-Star Game to be played in the nation’s capital.

For the fourth consecutive season, MLB’s All-Star Balloting Program will be conducted exclusively online and via mobile devices at, all 30 Club web sites and the MLB At Bat and MLB Ballpark mobile apps. Beginning on Friday, June 1st, fans around the world can cast their votes for starters a total of 35 times with the 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Ballot, including a maximum of five valid ballots cast in any 24-hour period. Additionally, when fans vote they have a chance to win a 2019 Freedom Elite Motorhome (right), valued at over $85,000.

During the voting period, the 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Ballot will be available in English, Spanish and Japanese, and will offer audio CAPTCHA functionality for visually impaired fans. Banco BHD León will once again sponsor online All-Star balloting in the Dominican Republic, making Spanish-language ballots available to fans in the Dominican Republic via, the official Spanish-language web site of Major League Baseball.

Details regarding the unveiling of the 2018 American League and National League All-Star Teams will be available in the coming weeks. The AL All-Star Team will have nine elected starters via the fan balloting program, while the NL All-Star Team will have eight fan-elected starters. The pitchers and reserves for both squads — totaling 23 for the NL and 22 for the AL — will be determined through a combination of “Player Ballot” choices and selections made by the Commissioner’s Office. The AL squad will be managed by A.J. Hinch of the defending World Series Champion Houston Astros, while the NL team will be led by Dave Roberts of the defending NL Champion Los Angeles Dodgers.

Following the announcement of the American League and National League All-Star rosters, fans will begin voting to select the final player for each League’s 32-man roster via the 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Final Vote. Fans will cast their votes from a list of five players from each League over the balloting period. Now in its 17th season with over 760 million votes cast, fans again will be able to make their Final Vote selections on, the Club sites and on their mobile devices.

This year’s final phase of All-Star Game voting again will have fans participating in the official voting for the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. During the Midsummer Classic, fans can vote exclusively at and the 30 Club sites — online or via their mobile devices — with the 2018 All-Star Game MVP Vote, and their collective voice will represent 20 percent of the official vote determining this year’s recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.

MLB All-Star Week includes the MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard at Nationals Park (July 17th), Gatorade All-Star Workout Day featuring the T-Mobile Home Run Derby (July 16th), All-Star Sunday featuring the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game and All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game (July 15th), GEICO All-Star FanFest at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center (July 13th-17th), plus a lineup of additional events taking place around the city. The 89th Midsummer Classic will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 180 countries. FOX Deportes will provide Spanish language coverage in the United States, while ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network, and SiriusXM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information about MLB All-Star Week and to purchase tickets, please visit and follow @MLB and @AllStarGame on social media.


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