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Dragons remain hot; pound Lansing Lugnuts 12-0

Mark Fleury collected four hits and Ricky Bowen fired seven scoreless innings to lead the Dayton Dragons to a 12-0 victory over the Lansing Lugnuts on Tuesday night. Dayton won three of four games in the series and went 5-2 on the seven-game road trip.

the Dragons, winners of nine of their last 11 games overall, have won three straight series for the first time in 2010.

The 12-run win was Dayton’s largest win of the season.

Ricky Bowen, now 5-8 on the season, was fantastic over seven innings as he won his third straight start. He gave up just three hits and no runs with one walk and three strikeouts.

Henry Rodriguez went 3 for 4 and drove in four runs as he extended his hitting streak to 16 straight games, the third longest in franchise history.


* Dragons shortstop Didi Gregorius was promoted to Lynchburg before Tuesday’s game.

* Edinson Volquez optioned by the Cincinnati Reds to Dayton on Tuesday, will start for the Dragons when they return home to face Bowling Green.

Info courtesy of the Dayton Dragons

Chris Chelios retires from NHL at 48

After 26 NHL seasons, three Stanley Cups, the longest-tenured defenseman in the league’s history, Chris Chelios announced his retirement at age 48 on Tuesday.

As far as NHL history goes, only Hall of Famer Gordie Howe was older than Chelios when he played, active with the Hartford Whalers at age 52 during the 1979-80 season, almost 10 years after departing the Red Wings.

Chris Chelios (NHL)

Chelios, who won three Norris Trophies during his career playing  with Montreal, Chicago, Detroit and Atlanta, will be an advisor with the Red Red Wings. His new venue will include developing and mentoring young players while working with the front office and coaching staff.

Chelios is the only player in NHL history to appear in at least 400 games with three different teams.

Chelios played in the fourth-most regular season games in NHL history (1,651) and the most postseason games in NHL history (266) and is second all-time among defenseman with 2,891 penalty minutes.

Chelios also played for the United States on four Olympic hockey team in 1984, 1998, 2002 and 2006; three times serving as team captain. Two of those teams won the silver medals.

compiled from Detroit Red Wings & NHL news

Clippers beat Indianapolis again, 5-2; take over first place in IL West

The past few weeks, the talk has been Columbus at least holding Buffalo for the wild card spot, while keeping pace with the Louisville Bats for the IL West division crown. Now, the chore is holding off Louisville for a division title.

The Clippers received a good start from Paolo Espino and timely hitting from Jared Goedert and Cord Phelps in winning their third straight against the Indianapolis Indians, 5-2.

Coupled with Louisville’s loss to Toledo, the Clippers regained the IL West Division lead by a 1/2 game.

Cord Phelps Columbus (MiLB)

Jared Goedert Clippers (MiLB)

Espino struck out seven in seven innings. Two of the three hits he gave up came in Indy’s two-run third. Espino set down the final 12 batters he faced in order. Jess Todd and Vinnie Pestano shut the door in the final innings, with Pestano earning his 14th save.

The parent Cleveland Indians did call-up Clippers ace Carlos Carrasco, who was scheduled to pitch on Wednesday as all Major League rosters are set to expand.

Info courtesy of the Columbus Clippers

ChiSox beat Indians 6-4 to open long road trip

Chicago White Sox infielder Brent Lillibridge made up for his error in the ninth inning by hitting a two-run homer in the 11th as he and his teammates opened a very critical 10-game road trip with a 10-6 win over the Cleveland Indians.

Brent Lillibridge White Sox (MLB)

Lillibridge entered the game in the seventh, when second baseman Gordon Beckham left after being hit on the right had with a pitch. In the ninth inning, Lillibridge tried to bare-hand a high hopper and throw a runner out at first base, but his throw went past first and it aided the Indians in tying the game at 6-6 against closer Bobby Jenks.

In the 11th inning, Lillibridge got his chance for atonement as he connected for a homer off losing pitcher Rafael Perez, 4-1.

Alex Rios also homered for Chicago, driving in four runs and had five of his team’s 21 hits as the ChiSox won for just the sixth time in 15 games. Scott Linebrink was the winner, he’s 2-1.

The win allowed the White Sox to pick up a game on first-place Minnesota in the AL Central Division; they’re 4 games back.

compiled from staff & wire reports

Reds open up 6-game lead in NL Central, with 5-4 win over Milwaukee

The Reds were led by right-fielder Jay Bruce in Monday’s win over Milwaukee.

He started the Reds scoring with a homer and ended the scoring and game with a single.

Bruce led off the first inning with a homer and singled off Trevor Hoffman with two outs in the 10th inning. rallying the Cincinnati Reds to a 5-4 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers that extends their lead to a season-high six games over St. Louis.

Juan Francisco hit sixth inning homer to tie game at 4. (MLB)

The defending champion Cardinals lost 3-0 at Houston, their sixth loss in seven games.

The Reds haven’t led the division by this many games since 1995, the last time it reached the playoffs.

Since getting swept by the Cardinals earlier in August, the Reds have taken control of the division by winning 12 of 16 games and are 76-55, 21 games above .500 for the first time since 1999.

Jay Bruce opened the the Reds first inning with his eighth home run in his last 16 games. Joey Votto doubled home a run, which extended his hitting streak to nine games. Juan Francisco tied the game at 4-4 in the sixth inning with a pinch-hit, solo homer off Mike McClendon.

The Reds have 9 pinch-hit homers this season.

The all-time saves leader, Hoffman (2-7) walked Ryan Hanigan to open the 10th. Pinch-runner Brandon Phillips went to second on Chris Heisey’s two-out single. Jay Bruce singled through the hole at shortstop with Phillips sliding home well ahead of the throw from Ryan Braun in left field.

Francisco Cordero (5-4) gave up a single in the 10th, but held his ex-teammates the Brewers scoreless.

compiled from staff & wire reports

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