GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) - Reds manager Dusty Baker acknowledges he wasn't feeling back to normal when he returned to the dugout for last season's playoffs.
Baker was in a hospital when the Reds clinched the NL Central title, receiving treatment for an irregular heartbeat and a mini-stroke. He was back in time for the playoffs, which ended with a first-round loss to San Francisco.
Baker has kept his weight down and paid closer attention to his diet and rest in the offseason. The 63-year-old manager is feeling good as the new season opens.
Baker got a two-year contract extension after last season, giving him a chance to try for a third division title with Cincinnati. The Reds return their team virtually intact.

Top MLB Public Bets

MLB Top Stories

Thumbnail Pujols, Angels try to steal series in Toronto The Angels haven’t had much to smile about throughout the summer. Last night, though, yet another prodigious blast by Albert Pujols lifted the spirits of...
Thumbnail Mariners vs. White Sox Pick Can the Seattle Mariners go on the road and pick up a win over the Chicago White Sox tonight at 8:10PM ET?
Thumbnail Royals vs. Marlins Pick Who will take the rubber match when the Miami Marlins host the Kansas City Royals tonight at 7:10PM ET?
Thumbnail O's call on Jimenez to come through vs. Nats Ubaldo Jimenez has been given another chance to contribute to the Orioles’ rotation. How will he fare, though, against the best team in the National...
Thumbnail Giants vs. Dodgers Prediction Will the Dodgers complete a sweep of the Giants tonight when the two teams clash at 10:10PM ET?
More inMLB Articles  

MLB Team Pages