MLB notebook: Baker set to manage Reds on Monday
Dusty Baker is set to rejoin the Cincinnati Reds in St. Louis after missing 11 games because of a mini-stroke, and he will manage the team during the final series of the regular season.
Interim manager Chris Speier said Baker was set to meet the Reds in St. Louis on Sunday night after their game against the Pirates at PNC Park. Cincinnati opens a three-game series against the Cardinals on Monday.
“It'll be just like he never missed a beat,” said Speier, the bench coach.
The Reds have clinched the NL Central title and are in a race with Washington for the league's best record. Cincinnati won seven of its 11 games without Baker.
Speier said Baker was setting the team's lineups, and he called Sunday morning to tweak.
“Everybody has to understand that I'm just following suit here,” Speier said. “It hasn't been easy to take over something when you've got the mainstay of this organization going through what he went through.”
Trout is 1st rookie with 30 HR, 40 SB
Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout is the first major league rookie with 30 home runs and 40 stolen bases.
Trout hit his 30th homer Sunday, a two-out solo shot in the seventh inning at Texas off Yu Darvish in the first game of a doubleheader.
The 21-year-old had a leadoff walk to start the game, then quickly got his 48th stolen base.
Only two players in the majors have had 30 homers and 50 stolen bases: Eric Davis in 1987 and Barry Bonds in 1990.
Yankees' Teixeira set to face Red Sox
Mark Teixeira is expected to rejoin the New York Yankees on Monday to face the Boston Red Sox in the final series of the regular season.
Teixeira injured his left calf Aug. 27. He returned Sept. 8 at Baltimore but aggravated the injury diving into first base on a game-ending groundout and has not played since.
Teixeira played in an instructional league game Saturday in Florida. He'll be checked by a doctor Monday and, if there are no problems, will be cleared to play. Manager Joe Girardi said Sunday that he'd consult with Teixeira about whether to start him at first base or designated hitter.
Infielder Jayson Nix is expected to miss 10 to 14 days with a strained left hip.
Around the majors
Robin Ventura made it clear Sunday: The first-year manager plans on being around for the remaining two years on his contract with the White Sox. He raised a few eyebrows Saturday when asked whether he could see himself managing as long as Walter Alston or Tommy Lasorda. Ventura said he couldn't and was just hoping to get through this season. He clarified his answer Sunday, saying he plans to be around for two more years if the White Sox want him. ... Rangers reliever Mike Adams is out for the rest of the season and questionable for the playoffs because of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, a condition that causes numbness and tingling in the fingers.