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MLB notebook: Out of hospital, Baker returns to Cincinnati

| Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, 7:58 p.m.
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Dylan Bundy of the Baltimore Orioles throws against the Boston Red Sox in the eighth inning at Fenway Park on September 23, 2012 in Boston. (Getty Images)

Reds manager Dusty Baker headed back to Cincinnati on Sunday after spending four days in a Chicago hospital receiving treatment for an irregular heartbeat.

Baker missed the Reds' 6-0 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday that clinched the NL Central title. Doctors wanted to keep him one more night to make sure he had fully recovered.

The 63-year-old manager was released from the hospital Sunday. He met with players in the clubhouse at Great American Ball Park after batting practice but didn't stay around for the game. The Reds are off Monday, giving Baker a day to rest before the start of a home series against Milwaukee.

“I'm managing tonight and, hopefully with the day off tomorrow and him getting a good, relaxing night at home, (we'll) come back on Tuesday and see how he feels,” bench coach Chris Speier said. “So yeah, it's great news.”

Baker was hospitalized Wednesday when the Reds were in Chicago playing the Cubs. He has had an irregular heartbeat for some time.

No change on status of Texas' Hamilton

Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington is unsure when Josh Hamilton will be back.

Hamilton was not with the Rangers for their weekend series in Seattle. The former AL MVP returned to Texas on Friday for further evaluation of a sinus problem that is affecting his vision.

Hamilton has missed five straight games. He is hitting .287 with 42 home runs and 123 RBI.

Washington said there is no change in Hamilton's status. He added that the team will have to see how Hamilton responds at the park Monday and whether his symptoms have subsided.

“He may be available. He may not. I don't know,” Washington said.

Texas opens a four-game series with Oakland on Monday.

Cardinals' Molina rests his back

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina was out of the starting lineup against the Chicago Cubs because of lower back spasms.

Molina tweaked his back when he turned to avoid an inside pitch from Cubs closer Carlos Marmol in the ninth inning of Saturday's 5-4 win. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Sunday that Molina felt better but was still a bit tight.

Right fielder Carlos Beltran didn't start because of what Matheny suspects is food poisoning.

Around the majors

The Orioles' Dylan Bundy made his major league debut in the eighth inning at Boston. He retired both batters he faced on fly balls. “I was nervous at first,” he said. “I was hoping to get an inning, but getting those first two outs, that inspires me a little bit, and hopefully the next time I won't be as nervous.” ... Diamondbacks third baseman Chris Johnson left Sunday's game at Colorado after getting hit by a pitch on the left hand. ... Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez (tight left hamstring) was out of the starting lineup for the third straight game.

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