Reds manager Dusty Baker remained in a Chicago-area hospital Friday night. The Reds played their third game without Baker, 63, who was hospitalized Wednesday with an irregular heartbeat. Bench coach Chris Speier managed again Friday in their 3-1, 10-inning loss to the Dodgers. "Bottom line, I'm worried," Speier said. "You have your good, good close friend that's in the hospital. He's fine, but they want to make sure before they put him on a plane that he had some fluids and made sure that's all taken care of. ... But yeah, you're worried about him. He's our leader and for me, just a dear, dear friend. My mind is more with him than it is about this game." The players were concerned as well. "We're concerned about Dusty's well-being," Jay Bruce said. "Managing a baseball team and him being our manager is definitely second fiddle to his health. He would be here if he could." Speier had not talked to Baker "I left to that to him," Speier said. "I know he hasn't gotten much rest at the hospital. They poke and prod every hour. Out of respect for him, I backed off. Again, there's such a trust built up between us, he knows that things will be taken care of here."
- Dusty Baker