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Columbus Clippers blast Gwinnett Braves, 8-1

Info Courtesy of Gwinnett Braves and Columbus Clippers

STAFF WRITER DAN HOCK CONTRIBUTED TO THIS STORY

The Columbus Clippers defeated the Gwinnett Braves, 8-1 on Friday night at Coolray Field. Columbus pitcher Josh Tomlin allowed only 1 hit in his 7 innings of work. The Clippers clinched the series win with victory (3-1). Gwinnett (18-23) now sits in a second place tie with Norfolk in the International League South, 4.5 games behind Durham. Columbus (27-16) remains in first place, 2.5 games ahead of Toledo.

Josh Tomlin (MiLB)

Josh Tomlin only faced only two batters more than the minimum and walked 2. This is his third win in a row. Tomlin, now 5-1, struck out 5 batters and held the G-Braves scoreless.

Second Baseman Brian Bixler went 3-for-5 with 2 RBI’s.

GAME NOTES

* Chris Resop of the Gwinnett Braves was selected International League pitcher of the week, for the week of May 10-16. The 27-year-old Resop went 2-0 in beating Pawtucket and Lehigh Valley to run his 2010 record to 4-1 and a 1.90 ERA thru eight starts. He pitched five innings in the win over Pawtucket and pitched seven innings versus Lehigh Valley giving up only one hit striking out eight hitters. Resop signed with Atlanta before the 2010 season as a free agent. He has pitched in 57 games in the major leagues with the Braves, Angels and Marlins. He pitched in 2009 in Japan.

Bowling Green Hot Rods beat slumping Dayton Dragons, 6-2

Info Courtesy of Dayton Dragons

Wilking Rodriguez tossed seven strong innings and Mark Thomas belted a two run home run to lead the Bowling Green Hot Rods to a 6-2 win over the Dayton Dragons on Friday night before a crowd of 9,240 at Fifth Third Field.

Rodriguez (2-3) allowed just five hits and two runs (one earned) while walking none and striking out five to earn the win.

Wilking Rodriguez (MiLB)

Dayton starting pitcher Jacob Johnson (0-4) suffered the loss. He pitched four innings, allowing six hits and four runs with one walk and one strikeout.

Michael Jordan’s son transferring from Illinois

compiled from staff and wire reports

Jeff Jordan’s up-and-down, on-again, off-again basketball career at Illinois ended Friday when the school granted him a release which gives clearance to transfer to another school.

It isn’t totally clear if Jordan intends to play during his senior season at another school, but being release from Illinois is required by the NCAA if a student wants to leave to play at another school. A player could transfer without the release if he didn’t want to play.

Jeff Jordan (llinois photo)

Jordan, a defensive reserve, left the Illini program last June but changed his mind in October and rejoined the team for his junior season. He averaged 13.8 minutes and 1.6 points a game last season for Illinois which ended up in the NIT with a record of 21-15. Jordan played in 92 career games for the Illini.

His younger brother, Marcus, plays for Central Florida.

Brian Vickers will miss the rest of NASCAR season

compiled from staff, wire and NASCAR reports

Brian Vickers will miss the remainder of the NASCAR season schedule because of blood clots in his lungs and left leg.

Vickers was hospitalized two nights last week after feeling chest pains during a visit to Washington, D.C.  Testing revealed the clots, and Vickers missed last weekend’s race in Dover.

Vickers returned to North Carolina following his release from the hospital on Friday, but said a recurrence of chest pains sent him back to the hospital the next day. He spent another two nights hospitalized, and the decision to sit out the remainder of the season to receive treatment was made shortly after.

Brian Vickers (NASCAR)

The 26-year-old Vickers is being treated for a pulmonary embolism with the blood thinner Coumadin, and his physician couldn’t clear him to race because of the dangers of the driver being injured in a crash.

Dr. Steven Limentani of Carolina Hematology Oncology, who treated NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick when he battled leukemia, said the clots in Vickers’ lungs were “relatively small,” but gave the driver pains similar to being punched in the ribs every time he took a breath.

Reds bounce back against Indians; Nix, Gomes and Arroyo lead 7-4 win

compiled from staff and wire reports

Staff writer Steve Basford contributed to this story


Reds manager Dusty Baker knew the only way to get over and get past Thursday 10-9 loss to Atlanta was to come back and beat Cleveland.

After all, the Reds have been bouncing back well since April 25, going 17-7.

Laynce Nix (mlb)

Laynce Nix had three hits, including a tiebreaking double in the sixth inning, sending the slumping Indians to their fifth straight loss, despite a big night from Shin-Soo Choo. Moved from third to second in the batting order, Choo homered twice, had three hits and three RBI’s, but Cleveland fell to 10 games below .500, a season worst.

Jonny Gomes and Brandon Phillips also homered for the Reds.

Jonny Gomes' homer in the 4th (Steve Basford photo)

Bronson Arroyo (4-2) allowed four runs in 6 2-3 innings and won his third straight start. Francisco Cordero pitched the ninth inning for his 14th save in 17 chances.

GAME NOTES

* The Ohio Cup series is tied 32-32, but the Reds are 10-3 against Cleveland since 2008.

* Jonny Gomes is hitting .343 (12-for-35) with four homers and eight RBI’s as the DH in interleague games.

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