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Homestand Preview: May 8th-16th

May 7, 2013 - Midwest League (MWL) - Dayton Dragons News Release

Fifth Third Field

Dayton, Ohio

Game and Radio Broadcast Schedule

Wednesday, May 8 - Dayton Dragons vs. Lansing Lugnuts, 7:00 PM

Thursday, May 9 - Dayton Dragons vs. Lansing Lugnuts, 7:00 PM

Friday, May 10 - Dayton Dragons vs. Lansing Lugnuts, 7:00 PM

Saturday, May 11 - Dayton Dragons vs. Fort Wayne TinCaps, 7:00 PM

Sunday, May 12 - Dayton Dragons vs. Fort Wayne TinCaps, 2:00 PM

Monday, May 13 - Dayton Dragons vs. Fort Wayne TinCaps, 7:00 PM

Tuesday, May 14 - Dayton Dragons vs. West Michigan Whitecaps, 7:00 PM

Wednesday, May 15 - Dayton Dragons vs. West Michigan Whitecaps, 7:00 PM

Thursday, May 16 - Dayton Dragons vs. West Michigan Whitecaps, 7:00 PM

All games broadcast on WONE 980 AM and streamed via the Dragons website at www.daytondragons.com.

Dragons On TV

Thursday May 9th, Friday May 10th, and Thursday May 16th, the games will be televised on WHIO Digital Channel 7.2. It is available on Time Warner Basic Cable Channel 23 and Digital Channel 372.

Former Dragons Manager and Reds First Baseman Todd Benzinger will join Tom Nichols on the broadcast Thursday, May 9th.

WHIO Sports Director Mike Hartsock will be on the broadcast Friday, May 10th.

Reds Assistant Director of Media Relations and author of the blog Better off Red, Jamie Ramsey will be part of the broadcast on Thursday, May 16th.

For Your Entertainment

Dragons Mascots Heater and Gem and the Green Team will be performing skits throughout each game of the nine-game homestand.

Wednesday, May 8

National Anthem performed by World of Wonder (Dayton, OH)

Dragons Home Run for Life Night: 12-year-old Ethan Conley will be honored for his perseverance battling viral myositis with a lap around the bases during the game. The Dragons Home Run for Life program is made possible by the generous support of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

Dragons MVP Night (Montgomery County)

Roosters Roadshow on the plaza: Free food samples from Roosters Wings.

Thursday, May 9

National Anthem performed by Dayton Celebration Choir (Dayton, OH)

Dragons MVP Night (Montgomery County)

Friday, May 10

National Anthem performed by Dr. John Hole Elementary (Centerville, OH)

Antioch Shrine presents a band, clowns, and cars performing on the plaza before the game.

Local Girl Scouts will take part in an overnight campout on the field after the game.

Saturday, May 11

National Anthem performed by Oakview Elementary (Kettering, Ohio)

Friends and Family game: Fans can purchase a ticket package which includes a lawn ticket to the Dragons game, a free Dragons hat and a voucher for a free Extra Value Meal (r) at any Miami Valley McDonald's location. This package valued at $30 is available for just $11 per ticket. Substitute a stadium seat for just four dollars more.

Kroger Baseball Buddies: Kids ages 7-13 accompany the Dragons to the field and get their names' announced over the public address system.

Retirement Village People will perform between innings.

Sunday, May 12

National Anthem performed by Morgan Powell (Dayton, Ohio)

Mini Dugout Dancers will perform between innings.

Frisch's Kids Club Autograph Session: Members of the kids club get an exclusive chance to receive autographs from the Dragons players from 11:30 am - 1:00 PM.

Great Clips will be giving haircuts on the plaza.

MVRPC's Bike to the Game: Valet bike parking for fans who bike to the game as part of the Drive Less, Live More campaign.

Monday, May 13

National Anthem performed by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Yellow Springs, Ohio)

Dragons MVP Night (Montgomery County)

Tuesday, May 14

National Anthem performed by Haley Myers (Springfield, Ohio)

Dragons MVP Night (Montgomery County)

Wednesday, May 15

National Anthem performed by Something Good (West Alexandria, OH)

The K-9 Crew returns to Fifth Third Field: A collection of some of the world's most athletic canines will perform, sponsored by Dayton Media Technologies.

Click It or Ticket Kickoff on the Plaza before the game.

Thursday, May 16

National Anthem performed by William Cunningham (Middletown, OH)

The Madison High School Band will be performing on the plaza before the game.

Dragons On The Field

The Dragons are off to a 10-20 start in the 2013 campaign. Shortstop Zach Vincej has been the hottest Dragon over the past couple of weeks. He has hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games.

The Dragons matched their season high in runs twice on their recent five-game road swing. The Dragons scored 11 runs in a win at Clinton on Wednesday night and then wrapped up the road trip with an 11-run outburst against Kane County Monday.

The Dragons have eight players on Baseball America's Top 30 Reds Prospects list. Baseball America rated starting pitcher Robert Stephenson as the top pitching prospect in the Reds farm system. He is ranked second in the organization behind former Dragon Billy Hamilton. Starting pitchers Ismael Guillon (#9), Pedro Diaz (#17) and Sal Romano (#30) are also ranked by Baseball America. Meanwhile, Baseball America touts outfielder Jesse Winker as the "best pure hitter" in the Reds system and the number seven prospect. Outfielder Jeff Gelalich ranks 14th in the system, third baseman Seth Mejias-Brean is rated as the Reds 19th best prospect, and third baseman Tanner Rahier is tabbed as the number 20 prospect in the Reds organization.

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