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Dragons Matthews on DL with broken hand; Garton promoted from Billings


Jaren Matthews (courtesy of Dayton Dragons)

The Dayton Dragons announced a roster change on Thursday.

Outfielder Jaren Matthews has been placed on the disabled list.

Outfielder Josh Garton has been promoted to Dayton from the Billings Mustangs of the Pioneer League.

Matthews suffered a broken hamate bone (bone in the hand) in the Dragons’s win on Wednesday night. He will miss the remainder of the season. He hit .218 with five home runs, 21 RBI’s in 65 games.

Garton spent most of the 2010 season with Dayton, batting .243 with 10 homers and 37 RBI’s in 89 games. He has missed most of this season with a wrist injury.

The Dragons are at the Midwest League roster limit of 25 players.


Info compiled from Dayton Dragons news

Dragons shutout Peoria Chiefs again, 2-0


Mitch Clarke (courtesy of Dayton Dragons)

Dayton starting pitcher Mitch Clarke and two relief pitchers combined on a three-hit shutout and Billy Hamilton hit a first-inning home run as the Dragons shutout the Peoria Chiefs 2-0 on Friday night at Fifth Third Field.

A crowd of 8,407 witnessed the Dragons take their fifth straight victory and improve their second half record to 19-8. The Dragons swept the three-game series.

The Dragons are 54-43 on the season and 25-12 over their last 37 games and remain in first place in the Midwest League’s Eastern Division, two games ahead of Lansing and Great Lakes.

Clarke, just promoted from the Billings Mustangs, pitched five scoreless innings, allowing just one hit with one walk with five strikeouts to get the win. Pat Doyle pitched a scoreless sixth, seventh and eight innings. Drew Hayes pitched the ninth to record his 15th save.


Info courtesy of the Dayton Dragons

Dragons get Poulk back; Renken promoted to Bakersfield


(courtesy of Dayton Dragons)

The Dayton Dragons have announced several roster changes.

Right-handed pitcher Daniel Renken has been promoted from Dayton to the Bakersfield Blaze of the California League.

Outfielder Yorman Rodriguez has been placed on the disabled list with a bruised left shoulder.

Outfielder Drew Poulk has been promoted to Dayton from the Billings Mustangs.

Renken has been pitching brilliantly since July 29. He was 4-0 in six starts and his 0.77 ERA ranked second among starting pitchers in all of Minor League Baseball (10 full-season leagues, 120 teams). Overall with the Dragons, Renken was 6-8 with a 3.18 ERA in 20 starts. He leads the Midwest League in strikeouts with 141 in 113.1 innings.

Rodriguez suffered a bruised shoulder on July 14 and returned to action on July 29. He left the game after his first at-bat on Sunday, July 31 and did not see any action on Monday. Rodriguez has played in 79 games with Dayton, hitting .254 with seven home runs and 40 runs batted in.

Poulk was basically feasting on Pioneer League pitching at Billings, hitting .354 with six homers and 19 RBI’s in just 96 at-bats, posting a slugging percentage of .625. He appeared in eight games with the Dragons earlier this season, batting .280 with one home run.

With all of the roster moves, the Dragons have 24 players, one below the Midwest League limit.


Info courtesy of the Dayton Dragons

Cincinnati Reds Notebook


By “Joe Big Head” Coopersmith

MSN Staff Writer

The Cincinnati Reds during the recent off-season have been shoring up there minor league coaching staffs.

Ken Griffey, Sr. will be the new hitting coach at Single-A Dayton.

After his baseball career, which included stops with Cincinnati, the Yankees, Atlanta and Seattle, Griffey coached five seasons with the Reds from 1997-2001. Since then, he has been a special assistant to Reds’ general manager and a roving batting instructor.

Griffey is someone that can give young players the inspiration and instruction they need to make to the major leagues. He is a link to the greatest Reds teams, having been one of the regulars on the World Series champions of 1975 and 1976. He also played on Western Division championship teams in 1973 and 1979 as well as the 1981 team that had the best record in baseball but failed to make the playoffs during that strike-shortened season.

during his big-league career, Griffey hit .296 with 152 home runs and 859 RBI’S,  while usually hitting second in the Big Red Machine batting order between Pete Rose and Joe Morgan. Senior, who was the MVP of the 1980 All-Star Game, is also a member of the Reds Hall of Fame.

Former MLB infielder DeLino DeShields will be the new field manager for the Billings Mustangs in 2010. DeShields, the Mustangs hitting coach in 2009, replaces manager Julio Garcia. After managing Billings the last two seasons, Garcia accepted the managerial  post with the rookie Arizona League Reds in Goodyear, Arizona.

DeShields, 40, enjoyed a 13-year major league career Montreal, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Baltimore and Chicago Cubs. He was Montreal’s first-round draft pick in 1987 and turned down a basketball scholarship to Villanova University to sign with the Expos. He made his major league debut in 1990 and finished second in the National League Rookie of the Year balloting that season.

He finished his career with Cubs in 2002 and wound up with a lifetime batting average of .268 with 80 homers and 561 RBI’S. His  463 career stolen bases rank him among the top 50 all-time base stealers.

The Double-A Carolina Mudcats barely missed the first half title in David Bell’s initial season as a manager. But that didn’t stop the Reds top management from rehiring him for the 2010 season.

Bell was 65-74 with the MudCats in his first season. The 37 -year third generation major league player spent 12 years with Philadelphia, Milwaukee, Cleveland, St. Louis, Seattle and San Francisco. He was the only member of his baseball playing family not to don a Reds uniform-unlike grandfather Gus, father Buddy or brother Mike.