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Dragons Homer Twice, Win 8-5

Dayton, Ohio—Garrett Boulware hit a three-run home run and Luis Gonzalez added a two-run shot to lead the Dayton Dragons to an 8-5 win over the West Michigan Whitecaps on Friday night.  A crowd of 8,062 attended the game at Fifth Third Field as the Dragons snapped a five-game losing streak.

After struggling to score runs on their road trip that ended Thursday night, the Dragons came out hitting on Friday.  They matched a season high with 12 hits including 10 over the first three innings.  They built an 8-1 lead over the first four innings, increasing their home run total for the year from two to four.

The Dragons took the lead in the first when Brian O’Grady singled, stole second, and scored on Gavin LaValley’s double to the fence in center.  In the second, the Dragons extended their lead to 3-0.  Boulware started the inning with a line drive hit to left, and one batter later, Gonzalez drilled a home run to left to give the Dragons a three-run lead.  It was Gonzalez’s first homer of the year.

After West Michigan scored a single run in the top of the third, the Dragons answered with three in the bottom of the inning.  Ronald Bueno and Jimmy Pickens each singled to start the inning, and Boulware then launched a long home run to left field to make it 6-1.  It was Boulware’s first homer of the year.

The Dragons added two more in the fourth on a two-out, two-run triple by Avain Rachal to make it 8-1.  West Michigan scored one in the fifth, two in the seventh, and one in the ninth to close out the scoring.

Dragons starting pitcher Seth Varner (3-0) worked the first six innings, allowing 12 hits but only two runs with no walks and five strikeouts to earn the win.  Varner has not walked a batter in 17 innings this season while striking out 17.

The Dragons 12-hit attack included a three-hit night for Jimmy Pickens.  Pickens has gone 5 for 7 over the last two nights to raise his batting average from .171 to .250.  Boulware, Gonzalez, and O’Grady each had two hits.  O’Grady stole two bases and is 7 for 7 on the year as a base stealer.

West Michigan collected 17 hits in the game, but Dragons pitchers did not walk a batter, and the Dragons did not commit an error.

Dragons right fielder Aristides Aquino left the game in the third inning, two innings after he was hit by a pitch, apparently in the hand or wrist.  The injury forced the Dragons to place infielder Ronald Bueno in left field, marking his first game in the outfield over his six-year professional career.  

The Dragons (7-9) host the Whitecaps (8-8) in the second game of the series on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. at Fifth Third Field.  Mark Armstrong (0-1, 3.75) will pitch for the Dragons against West Michigan’s Trent Szkutnik (1-0, 3.75).
Dragons Homer Twice, Win 8-5

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FINALS-IRVING

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) -- Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving has been kept out of portions of practice as the team tries to get him ready for the NBA Finals.

Irving has been slowed by left knee tendinitis and a sprained right foot throughout the playoffs. He sat out two games in the Eastern Conference finals because of his knee. Irving said Monday he feels he's in a good place as he recovers. He's continued to receive medical treatment during the long break before the Cavs play Game 1 at Golden State on Thursday.

Irving says he won't be 100 percent in the finals "unless something miraculous happens."

Irving played 22 minutes in Cleveland's series-clinching win over Atlanta in the conference finals after missing two games. The All-Star is averaging 18.7 points in his first postseason.

With Irving not himself, backup Matthew Dellavedova has stepped up and provided big plays.

FINALS-WARRIORS-THOMPSON

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson has returned to practice after suffering a concussion last week.

Thompson was a full participant in Monday's practice, a major step in the All-Star shooting guard's recovery. The Warriors say Thompson still needs to receive final clearance from doctors to play against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr says he expects Thompson will be cleared to play.

Thompson suffered a concussion after getting kneed in the head by Houston's Trevor Ariza in Golden State's Western Conference finals clinching win Wednesday night. Team doctors initially cleared Thompson to return to the game. He ended up not playing, and the team said he started developing symptoms after the game.

NBA FINALS-WADE

MIAMI (AP) -- Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat is going back to the NBA Finals -- as an analyst.

The three-time NBA champion will join ABC for pregame and halftime shows during Games 2 and 3 of the Cleveland-Golden State series. Wade also will have the same arrangement for Games 6 and 7 if those games are played.

Wade has played in five NBA Finals, winning titles in 2006, 2012 and 2013. He and the Heat were in each of the last four title series, and Wade has remained close friends with former Miami teammate LeBron James -- who has led the Cavaliers to this year's finals.

Earlier this offseason, Wade told The Associated Press that he was considering TV work, "but only if it was right and made sense for me."

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