Dusty Baker missed the Cincinnati Reds’ division-clinching win. He watched Homer Bailey’s no-hitter on TV.
Back for his first full day on the job Monday after recovering from a mini-stroke in Chicago, the veteran manager takes it as a sign there’ll be more good news ahead.
“The way I look at it, the big one’s to come,” Baker said “I’m fine now. I’m not 100 percent, but I’m pretty close.”
Good enough to visit some old haunts, too. Baker’s 33-year-old daughter, Natosha, is with him in St. Louis and has been preparing healthy food for her father.
“She’s got turkey burgers, couscous, all that kind of stuff,” Baker said. “She’ll be proud of me to tell you guys I’m eating this.”
The Reds were 7-4 under bench coach Chris Speier and were tied with the Washington Nationals for the National League’s best record at 96-63. They’d have to finish a game ahead of Washington to get homefield advantage because the Nationals won the season series 5-2.
MLB investigating tweet
Texas Rangers General Manager Jon Daniels said someone posted a homophobic slur on pitcher Derek Holland’s Twitter account Sunday that was directed at a heckler.
Major League Baseball is investigating the post, which was quickly taken down. Holland said Monday in Oakland he was either pitching at the time or in the dugout and he didn’t do it. He noted that his fiancée, Lauren, is the only person he knows has access to his account and she told him she was not involved. He also checked with family members, who said they knew nothing about it.
“I honestly don’t know. I know it wasn’t myself,” Holland said. “I’ve talked to my family and my fiancee and they all said the exact same thing: It wasn’t them. I have no idea. All I know is MLB is taking care of it and they’re going to help me out and figure out who it was. I was blindsided by it. I had no idea.”
Daniels called it a “serious issue, it’s an unacceptable term to use.”
Orioles’ Markakis remains out
Baltimore Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis has had his broken left thumb examined and it was determined that surgically inserted pins will remain in place for another week.
Markakis underwent the examination Monday. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Markakis’ thumb will be in a splint for two weeks after the pins are removed.
Markakis left a game on Sept 8 after being hit by a pitch from New York Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia. He is batting .298 for the Orioles, who clinched a playoff spot on Sunday.