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Nieves, Bolivar return to Dragons, Browning succeeds Fossas

Jose Nieves will return for his third season as the Dayton Dragons manager and hitting coach Luis Bolivar also will be back. But 2014 pitching coach Tony Fossas will be succeeded by former Dragons pitching coach Tom Browning.The 2015 Dragons coaching staff was announced by the parent club Cincinnati Reds ...

Friday, Feb. 29, 2008
Cincinnati Reds outfielders Ken Griffey Jr., left, and Adam Dunn wait to go onto the field during a spring training baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays in Sarasota, Fla.

Former Dayton Dragon Adam Dunn retires

The career of an original Dayton Dragon ended last night, not with a bang but with a whimper. Adam Dunn, who crushed 462 major-league home runs, was on the roster with the Oakland A’s for their wild card playoff game against the Kansas City Royals.  It was Dunn's first career ...

Dragons starting pitcher Nick Travieso (14-5) led the Midwest League in most wins. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

Streaking Dragons ring up another productive season

After 15 seasons, this is what we can expect from the Dayton Dragons:A full house at Fifth Third Field every home game.Low Class A minor-league baseball that is surprisingly good at times but not consistent.An evolving roster that loses its best prospects via promotions and is home for those whose ...

Dragons roll in season finale, but miss playoffs

The Dayton Dragons did what they had to do in Monday’s season finale.Unfortunately for the Dragons, so did Fort Wayne.Dayton cracked a season-high four home runs to hammer Lake County 13-4, but still saw its playoff hopes dashed on the final day of the season.Fort Wayne defeated Bowling Green 3-0 ...

Dragons increase wild-card lead

Dayton Dragons right-hander Nick Travieso wasn’t going to let Sal Romano have all the fun.A night after Romano led the Dragons to a 4-2 win over Great Lakes, Travieso blanked the Loons for six innings in a 2-0 win at Fifth Third Field.The win increased Dayton’s lead in Eastern Division ...

Dragons pull ahead in wild-card race

With the regular season and the race for a Midwest League wild card berth entering its final week, there was no place Dayton Dragons right-hander Sal Romano would rather be Sunday afternoon.Romano outdueled Great Lakes ace Josh DeLeon as the Dragons scored a 4-2 win at Field Third Field. The ...

Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips played in Dayton on Sunday as part of his minor-league rehab stint. Contributed photo by Nick Falzerano

Phillips expects to join Reds tonight

Brandon Phillips knows there are only so many games in a baseball career, so missing the last month of the season has not been easy.“Watching baseball is real boring,” the Reds second baseman said Sunday at Fifth Third Field . “I love playing the game but watching it on TV ...

Phillip Ervin of the Dragons was called out trying to steal second base in a 1-0 defeat of the visiting Bowling Green Hot Rods (Rays) at Dayton’s Fifth Third Field on Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

Dragons edge Hot Rods on Ortiz’s homer

The playoffs within finger-tip grasp, the Dragons are looking for anyone to step up and lead them into the postseason. Pitcher Nick Travieso answered the call Friday night. So did catcher Jose Ortiz and center fielder Phillip Ervin. Relievers Joel Bender and Alejandro Chacin, well, pitched in too. Toss in ...

Dragons first baseman Robert Ramirez doubled against the Great Lakes Loons (Dodgers) at Dayton’s Fifth Third Field on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

Rachal’s homer not enough for skidding Dragons

It’s not as if Avain Rachal is ready to label himself a power hitter. But a bit of unexpected pop is just what the Dragons need right now.“Naw,” said the Dragons second baseman after he launched a solo home run — his first — against the visiting Great Lakes Loons ...

Dragons outfielder Jon Mathews was hitting .381 since May 31 prior to playing against the Great Lakes Loons (Dodgers) at Fifth Third Field on Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

Dragons fall 3-2 to Loons in 12 innings

The Great Lakes Loons defeated the Dayton Dragons 3-2 in 12 innings early Tuesday morning. The start of the game was delayed by rain for two hours and ended at 12:37 a.m. Dragons ace Nick Travieso pulled some extra duty while trying to become the first Midwest League pitcher to ...

Dragons third baseman Tanner Rahier launched a three-run homer in the first inning against the South Bend Silver Hawks (Diamondbacks) at Dayton’s Fifth Third Field on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

Rahier’s 3-run blast lifts Dragons to 6th straight win

Unable to solve any of the off-speed pitches that Tanner Rahier had seen, he did the next best thing: guess on a fastball. “I had two strikes on me and he kept throwing off-speed, so I just figured I’m going to sit on a fastball,” said the Dragons third baseman ...

The Dayton Dragons took on the South Bend Silver Hawks Friday night at Fifth Third Field. Dragon’s shortstop Alex Blandino heads toward first base during the first inning. LISA POWELL / STAFF

First-round pick off to strong start for Dragons

Alex Blandino has had an interesting start to his Dayton Dragons career. The infielder was playing with the Reds rookie league team in Billings, Montana when he got word Monday night that he was being called up.Blandino boarded a plane early Tuesday morning headed to Lansing, Mich. to join the ...

Dragons finish sweep thanks to wild pitch

The Dayton Dragons swept the series at Lansing, knocking off the Lugnuts 8-6 on Thursday night. For the second time in three games, the Dragons scored the game-winning run on a wild pitch in the ninth inning. Tied 6-6 heading into the ninth, Tanner Rahier scampered home from third on ...

Wild ninth leads Dragons to win

The Dragons scored twice in the top of the ninth inning to defeat the Lansing Lugnuts 7-6 on Tuesday.Lugnuts closer Scott Silverstein issued four walks, hit a batter and threw three wild pitches to account for the tying and winning runs.Shortstop Alex Blandino, promoted from Billings, homered in his first ...

Jamodrick McGruder of the Dragons took third in this pickoff attempt at second base against the Cedar Rapids Kernels (Twins) at Dayton’s Fifth Third Field on Monday, July 28, 2014. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

Dragons’ Romano strikes out career high 10

This is the midsummer stretch that Sal Romano has been looking for. A power pitcher with unlimited potential, the Dragons’ third-year pitcher has appropriately been scorching hot during this not-so-balmy July. On Monday night, he was better than never before. The 6-foot-4, 250-pound right-hander from Southington, Conn., struck out a ...

Dragons fall to Cedar Rapids

The Dayton Dragons haven’t been a serious playoff contender since joining the Midwest League 15 years ago.Eight of the league’s 16 teams play in the postseason each year. The Dragons have been one of those teams only once in the last six years and time is running out this season.With ...

Dragons manage just 2 hits against Kernels

The Dayton Dragons managed only two hits on Saturday and struck out 14 times in a series opening 4-0 loss to Cedar Rapids at Fifth Third Field.It was the second time in the last six games the Dragons failed to score, and the third time they have been shut out ...

Dragons pitcher is Ivy League grad

It’s not something you see on many rosters in major league baseball. Ivy League schools don’t produce a lot of big leaguers, or minor leaguers for that matter. In the last 15 years, the Reds have sent the Dayton Dragons two players who were drafted out of the Ivy League. ...

Nick Benedetto of the Dragons rounds third and races home to score against the Quad Cities River Bandits (Astros) at Dayton’s Fifth Third Field on Friday, July 25, 2014. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

Travieso delivers for Dragons

It’s not as if the Dragons were listing like their parent club at Great American Ball Park. But it was headed that way. That’s why Friday’s pregame practice had an edge of urgency that hadn’t surfaced previously this season. “We’ve been down a little bit, but (manager) Jose (Nieves) has ...

Dragons center fielder Nick Benedetto belted two doubles against the Quad Cities River Bandits (Astros) at Dayton’s Fifth Third Field on Thursday, July 24, 2014. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

Benedetto a rare hit for Dragons

If you didn’t know better, Nick Benedetto might conjure up the image of a hard-hitting linebacker. In reality, he’s a light-hitting defensive whiz from that Latin American go-to hotbed of unending baseball prospects, Venezuela. That’s why the 21-year-old with the transplanted Latin heritage is with the Dragons. Stuck with a ...

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