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Josciel Veras of the Dragons backtracks to confirm he touched home plate safelL in the third inning. NICHOLAS STUDIOS

Manic Monday for Dayton Dragons included walk off, skunk on the field

You know it’s some night at the ballyard when the skunk on the field isn’t the biggest story. Chris Okey took care of that by delivering an ending that definitely didn’t stink for Dayton Dragons fans, lashing a single to centerfield to break a 10-10 tie in the bottom of ...

Nick Senzel began the season at Rookie-level Billings.

Billings-to-Dayton pipeline to continue for Reds prospects

Many Dayton Dragons will continue to start their time in the Cincinnati Reds organization as Billings Mustangs.The parent club announced a two-year extension of their player development contract that will push the relationship between the Reds and Billings to 45 seasons by the time it’s complete.Billings is the rookie-level affiliate ...

Fifth Third Field to install additional safety netting

With added safety in mind and a prod from Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred, the Dayton Dragons announced Wednesday that protective netting would cover all lower-level seating at Fifth Third Field beginning next season.“We’ve decided to extend a safety netting in a pretty dramatic fashion,” Bob Murphy, the team’s ...

Dragons announce additional safety netting at stadium

UPDATE 12:15 p.m.: The Dayton Dragons announced they will be installing additional safety netting around Fifth Third Field. The new netting will extend from behind home plate to protect all of the fixed seating areas of the stadium from foul balls, officials said. The netting will also be five feet ...

Springfield’s Conner Jackson honred by the Dayton Dragons. Contributed by Dayton Dragons

Dayton Dragons honor Springfield teen

The Dayton Dragons will honor Springfield teen Conner Jackson on Wednesday as an Anthem Home Run for Life honoree. Conner was born with a rare condition called Kabuki syndrome. The disease is caused by a gene mutation that causes growth delays and skeletal abnormalities. Conner, though, lives the active life ...

Vasquez delivers in Dragons’ walk-off win

Shampoo was flowing in the Dayton Dragons’ locker room Sunday afternoon. It was the only substance catcher Chris Okey could find to celebrate with after a 10th-inning come-from-behind victory.The target of the shampoo shower was cleanup hitter James Vasquez after he singled in the winning run for a 6-5 victory ...

PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 07: Billy Hamilton #6 of the Cincinnati Reds is greeted by Brandon Phillips #4 after coming around to score in the first inning during the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on August 7, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)

What you might have missed in sports during a beautiful weekend

If you weren’t home much following sports this weekend, we certainly can’t blame you. The weather outside was too good to miss, especially with back-to-school time looming large.There was lots to see in the sports world, too, though so we’re here to help.The Reds series winning streak was snapped at ...

WATCH: Reds minor league team team involved in ugly baseball brawl

Cincinnati Reds fans wondering why their team doesn’t show more fight at times could find some encouragement in high Single-A.Or they could be horrified at the example they set for a thousand or so kids in attendance at the game in South Florida.The Daytona Tortugas, a Reds affiliate, were part ...

Dayton’s Shed Long lays down a bunt against West Michigan on Sunday, April 16, 2016, at Fifth Third Field. Contributed Photo/Christine Bates

Dragons add pitcher with 101-MPH heater; Long gets promotion

Shed Long’s big season has earned him a promotion. The Dayton Dragons infielder is headed to high-A Daytona along with outfielder Reydel Medina. Long hit 11 homers and drove in 45 runs in 94 games for the Dragons. His .281 batting average trails only third baseman Nick Senzel for the ...

Nick Senzel had a career-high four hits Monday night.

Senzel, Stephenson among Reds prospects with big nights down on farm

Dayton Dragons Nick Senzel and Tyler Stephenson were two of a handful of Cincinnati Reds minor leaguers to post big nights Monday.The Reds’ two most recent first-round picks combined to go 8 for 9 as the low-Single-A Dragons beat Wisconsin 8-3.Senzel, the No. 2 overall pick in last month’s draft, ...

High School Baseball: Making a pitch to limit wear and tear

Last week the National Federation of State High School Associations addressed what is as common now as balls and strikes in baseball — the pitch count. It’ll be up to each state member, including the Ohio High School Athletic Association, to develop a combination of maximum pitches and recovery time ...

Back with Dragons, outfielder Piatnik keeping things simple

While no player likes to go backwards, Dayton Dragons outfielder Mitch Piatnik admits his time back at Billings helped.Piatnik, who was on the Dragons’ Opening Day roster this season, had a few flaws that needed to be fixed. He also needed a chance to clear his head.The centerfielder was hitting ...

Reds’ top pick Senzel goes 2-for-4 in Dragons debut

The life of a minor-league baseball player is a hurry-up-and-wait proposition. It can take years to climb the ladder to the majors and, fact is, most won’t.Nick Senzel certainly didn’t wait long to make his first move. The Cincinnati Reds’ top pick in last month’s draft, No. 2 overall, played ...

Reds top two draft picks headed to Dayton

It didn’t take long for the Reds to start moving two of their top draft picks up the ladder. Third baseman Nick Senzel and catcher Chris Okey are expected to be in uniform at Fifth Third Field on Friday night when the Dayton Dragons open a weekend series against West ...

Dragons drop fourth straight to start second half of season

The Dayton Dragons are still looking for their first win in the second half of the Midwest League season.The Dragons dropped to 0-4 Sunday with an 11-1 loss to visiting Sound Bend. Dayton was outscored 31-2 in the series.“They say to get better, you have to hit rock bottom some ...

Dragons starting pitcher Tyler Mahle delivers. The Dragons defeated the visiting Bowling Green Hot Rods (Rays) 11-2 at Dayton’s Fifth Third Field on Thursday, July 9, 2015. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

Cincinnati Reds prospect Tyler Mahle pitches no-hitter for Daytona

Cincinnati Reds prospect and former Dayton Dragon Tyler Mahle pitched his first no-hitter Monday night.Mahle, a 6-foot-4 right-hander, struck out six in a 4-0 win over Jupiter in Florida State League play. Mahle, 21, allowed just one baserunner — he hit a batter with a pitch in the third inning ...

Dragons fall to Tincaps in series finale

You probably won’t be seeing the Dayton Dragons in orange again until the next Friday home game.The good-luck color of Friday night’s 10-run victory and Saturday’s extra-inning victory lost its luster Sunday afternoon. Fort Wayne struck back with a 7-3 victory to stay in the hunt for a first-half-of-the-season playoff ...

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Former Dragons reliever named to East All-Stars

Relief pitcher Ariel Hernandez on Tuesday was the only Dayton Dragons member to be named to the East team for the 52nd Midwest League All-Star Game to be hosted by the Cedar Rapids Kernels on June 21.Hernandez (0-1) had a 2.59 ERA in 18 appearances with the Dragons. He was ...

Dragons starting pitcher Franderlyn Romero. West Michigan defeated host Dayton 5-3 in a low-Class A minor-league baseball game at Fifth Third Field on Friday, April 14, 2016. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

Big changes for Dayton Dragons roster

The Cincinnati Reds on Monday announced they had traded Dayton Dragons right-handed pitcher Franderlin Romero to the Baltimore Orioles for two international signing bonus slots. Romero had a 2.87 ERA through eight starts with the Dragons. The 23-year-old was signed as an amateur out of Venezuela in 2010. He has ...

Dragons can’t overcome early eight-run deficit

Six innings of good baseball were not enough to erase the stains of three innings of ugly Sunday for the Dayton Dragons at Fifth Third Field.The Dragons just missed turning the tables on a nine-run deficit, bringing the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the ninth in ...

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