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Dusty Baker actually had a mini-stroke

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Dusty Baker actually had a mini-stroke

From Comcast SportsNetCINCINNATI (AP) -- Reds manager Dusty Baker had a mini-stroke in addition to his irregular heartbeat last week and will need another week of rest before he's able to rejoin the team for the final regular season series and the playoffs.The 63-year-old manager disclosed his condition to his players on Tuesday before the start of a series against the Milwaukee Brewers.Bench coach Chris Speier and players said Baker was upbeat and visibly thinner."He's lost a lot of water weight," Speier said. "He was anxious (to get back). It was great to see him. Again, he looks really, really good. We're all anxious to get him back in charge."Speier will manage the three-game series against the Brewers and a three-game series in Pittsburgh over the weekend. Baker could return for the final three games in St. Louis starting Monday, followed by the playoffs.The Reds clinched their second NL Central title in the last three years while Baker was still in a Chicago hospital on Saturday night."I'm feeling much better, and it's great being back here in Cincinnati," Baker said, in a statement released after he met with owner Bob Castellini and his players. "Chris Speier and my staff are doing a terrific job, and I look forward to getting back to the dugout."Baker's had an irregular heartbeat for some time. He felt sick while the team was in Chicago for a series last Wednesday and was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for treatment.Baker revealed that when he was being released from the hospital on Friday, he suffered a mini-stroke."He had some slurred speech," pitcher Bronson Arroyo said, describing the symptoms Baker experienced on Friday. "The diagnosis was a slight stroke. The stroke team was right there and got after it. He said they said they see it all the time. They took care of it."Baker said the immediate treatment "minimized the effects of the stroke." His cardiologists said in the statement that his condition has "improved dramatically" and a full recovery is expected.The Reds beat the Dodgers 6-0 to clinch their second title under Baker on Saturday night. He was released on Sunday and went to the clubhouse briefly after batting practice to talk to his players.He had more appointments with doctors in Cincinnati on Monday, the team's day off. They developed the plan for his return to managing."He looked fine," Arroyo said. "He looked like he'd been on a diet the last two months. He was holding a lot of water. He looks like he went on Jenny Craig. They want him to rest. He said he's ready to go now."Third baseman Scott Rolen said Baker's health is the only consideration as the team prepares for the playoffs. The Reds opened the day with a 92-61 record, a game behind Washington for the best mark in the majors and the top playoff seed in the NL."You take care of each other," Rolen said. "We're a team and friends and could even go as far as family at times. We're concerned about him and his health. We're worried about Dusty. That's the bottom line. You take care of life first."The series against Milwaukee had more importance for the Brewers, who opened the day 3 games behind St. Louis for the final NL wild card.The Reds rested four of their regulars on Sunday, a day after they clinched, but had their usual lineup on the field for the start of the series on Tuesday. Only left fielder Ryan Ludwick, slowed by a sore groin, was out."I think the main thing is you want your team healthy," Speier said. "To me, that's the first and foremost importance. We want to go into the playoffs as healthy as we can and be as ready as we can. That's the fine line."We're trying to win as many ballgames as we can. That's how I look at it as manager."

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Need to Know: Redskins hot topics—Norman wants to bury Beckham feud

Need to Know: Redskins hot topics—Norman wants to bury Beckham feud

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, July 29, 35 days before the Washington Redskins cut their roster to 53 on September 2.

Timeline

The Redskins last played a game 209 days ago; they will open the 2017 season against the Eagles at FedEx Field in 43 days.

Today’s schedule: Walkthrough 10:35; Jonathan Allen press conference after walkthrough, approx. 11:45; Jay Gruden press conference 2:45; Practice 3:00; players available after both practices.

Days until:

—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 12
—Preseason vs. Packers at FedEx Field (8/19) 21
—Sunday night Raiders @ Redskins (9/24) 57

Hot topics from Redskins camp

RICHMOND—Some news and notes from around Redskins training camp.

—When talking about what happens in camp I frequently forget to mention that they are not in pads yet. That will start tomorrow. Speaking of the defensive line Jay Gruden said, “We’re in day one, day two, we haven’t even put on pads yet so we're giving everybody the opportunity. That’s what it’s all about.” We still talk about and analyze what happens out there. But the significance of it is diminished until the pads go on. Even then, it’s not as significant as preseason games and those, of course, are exponentially less telling that regular season games. Pads go on tomorrow and the first preseason game is in less than two weeks so we’re getting there.

—Josh Norman really wants to put the Odell Beckham Jr. feud in the past. At least that’s what he said. “It’s been in the past until you brought it up,” he said when asked about it. And it was in the past last year until Beckham brought it up. I don’t get the impression that he hates it because he does seem to get under Beckham’s skin and that’s a competitive advantage for Norman. The thing is, this year there is only a two-day media window between the Saints game on Sunday and the first matchup of the year with the Giants on Thanksgiving Day. It may or may not be a topic.

—The Redskins weren’t the only team that added a tall receiver in the offseason. The Eagles signed Alshon Jeffrey and the Giants brought Brandon Marshall in. Norman says he’d rather cover the big guys. “Tall guys, we’re the same,” said Norman. “It’s just who’s going to go for the ball, who’s going to get the ball. Short guys are quicker. They move in spaces to where you’ve got to touch them, you’ve got reach out. Some things they do, it’s more so of they’re trying to set you up, where those big guys, they’re just going to try to bully you. That’s my game, I enjoy that. Short guys, they [are] crafty”

—I’ll have more on this later but I thought it was interesting that Rob Kelley said that he doesn’t feel much different this year, when he likely going to start at running back and definitely will have a job after the September 2 cuts, than he did last year, when he was fighting just to b on the team. He still must compete. For motivation, he need look no further than the fall from grace experienced by teammate Matt Jones, who went from being the unquestioned starter year ago to being a trade or cut candidate.

—Maurice Harris suffered a strained knee in practice and was seen on the sideline with a wrap around it. Derek Carrier rolled his ankle. Both are day to day (but, then again, aren’t we all?).

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Beltre, Rangers' offense was just too much for the Orioles

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Beltre, Rangers' offense was just too much for the Orioles

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Adrian Beltre had two RBI singles to increase his hit total to 2,998, Elvis Andrus homered and the Texas Rangers beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-2 on Friday night.

Nomar Mazara had three doubles, driving in two runs in the first to put the Rangers ahead to stay. He also doubled in the third and fifth innings, scoring both times on singles by Beltre.

Andrew Cashner (6-8) allowed only a solo homer by Jonathan Schoop in his seven innings. The Rangers right-hander struck out four and walked two.

Beltre, the 38-year-old third baseman in his 20th major league season, is on the brink of becoming only the 31st player in the 3,000-hit club. Ichiro Suzuki is the only current active player with more than 3,000 hits after reaching that milestone last season.

After grounding out in the first, Beltre shattered his bat on a bloop single to center in the third, grounded a ball up the middle for a hit in the fifth, and had an infield popout in the seventh. He is 9 for 14 through four games of a nine-game home stand.

Beltre, who won his fifth Gold Glove last season, has also played 62 consecutive games at third base without an error -- a career best and the club record.

Chris Tillman (1-6) allowed eight runs and nine hits in 4 1-3 innings. He struck out six, but trailed 2-0 before recording his first out. He has allowed 17 runs in the first inning of his 14 starts.

Shin-Soo Choo drew a leadoff walk on Korean Heritage Night at the ballpark before Andrus singled and Mazara doubled. Choo walked again to start the third, before Andrus extended his career high with his 14th homer.

Tillman was gone after Mike Napoli's double in the fifth, which scored Mazara and moved Beltre to third. A two-run single by Carlos Gomez off reliever Richard Bleier made it 8-0.

Schoop's 23rd homer of the season, and eighth of July, came in the sixth. Chris Davis had an RBI single in the eighth.