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MLB roundup: Reds' Baker could return Sunday

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Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker was still in a Chicago hospital Saturday but is likely to return to the dugout Sunday.

Baker has been hospitalized since Wednesday for an irregular heartbeat.

"He's doing well," acting manager Chris Speier said, according to MLB.com. "The report is they just want to keep him one more day and make sure everything is fine before they release him.

"It's probably much-needed -- just another day of rest, just away from (the media) and this whole situation. It can be stressful. I found out the last couple days. They'll probably give him the OK to come home (Sunday)."

Speier downplayed the question that Baker's health is worse than initially thought.

"They just wanted to be thorough," Speier said. "I think that in itself is the best answer -- just to make sure."

Speier said he has not been in contact with Baker since Thursday but the players ask about him every day.

"Hopefully we can get Dusty back and he'll have a chance to celebrate with us," Reds reliever Sean Marshall said. "I know he (can't wait) to. He's been our skipper and he's led us this far."

---Former Pittsburgh Pirates owner Kevin McClatchy revealed to the New York Times that he is gay, according to ESPN.

McClatchy, the owner and CEO of the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1996 to 2007, said frequent homophobic slurs he heard in baseball circles convinced him to keep his sexual orientation to himself.

Three years after selling the team, McClatchy said the time was right to open up about his sexuality.

"You're not going to solve any problem until you start a dialogue," McClatchy said. "And there's no dialogue right now."

The New York Times is publishing the story in Sunday editions.

"I've got a birthday coming up where I'm turning old," said McClatchy, who will turn 50 in January. "I've spent 30 years -- or whatever the number is specifically -- not talking about my personal life, lying about my personal life."

McClatchy credited Major League Baseball's ending of racial segregation but does not consider it similar to coming out as gay.

"I don't think they equate breaking the color barrier with Jackie Robinson to, 'Hey, by the way, we've never had one player announce they're gay while playing baseball.' "

McClatchy was mainly responsible for getting PNC Park financed in 2001 and sold the team only after he was assured it would be kept in Pittsburgh. However, the Pirates never had a winning season while he was in charge.

---St. Louis Cardinals right-hander had a setback in his recovery from a strained right oblique during a Saturday bullpen session.

Westbrook, who sustained the injury Sept. 8, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that it is hard to imagine that he would get another start this season.

Westbrook is 13-11 with a 3.97 ERA in 28 starts this year.

---St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina left Saturday's game against the Chicago Cubs with back spasms, according to MLB.com.

Molina hurt his back trying to avoid being hit by a pitch from Cubs reliever Carlos Marmol.

Molina has 20 homers, 69 RBI and is hitting .321 in 474 at-bats.
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