From Comcast SportsNetCINCINNATI (AP) -- Reds manager Dusty Baker returned to Cincinnati on Sunday after spending four days in a Chicago hospital getting treated for an irregular heartbeat.Baker missed the Reds' 6-0 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday that clinched the NL Central title. Doctors wanted to keep him one more night to make sure he had fully recovered.The 63-year-old manager was released from the hospital on Sunday. He met with players in the clubhouse at Great American Ball Park after batting practice, but didn't stay around for a game against the Dodgers.The Reds are off on Monday, giving Baker a day to rest before the start of a home series against Milwaukee."I'm managing tonight and hopefully with the day off tomorrow and him getting a good, relaxing night at home, (we'll) come back on Tuesday and see how he feels," bench coach Chris Speier said. "So yeah, it's great news."Baker's 13-year-old son, Darren, was in the clubhouse.Baker was hospitalized on Wednesday when the Reds were in Chicago playing the Cubs. He's had an irregular heartbeat for some time.The Reds had hoped he'd be back in time to see the team clinch its second division title in the past three years with Baker as manager.General manager Walt Jocketty texted him when the game ended on Saturday night, and the players toasted Baker in the clubhouse before spraying each other with beer and champagne.Speier rested several veterans for the final game of the series Sunday night against Los Angeles, which opened the day three games behind St. Louis for the final NL wild card spot.Left fielder Ryan Ludwick got a fourth straight day off to rest a sore groin, and third baseman Scott Rolen got to rest his back.Right fielder Jay Bruce and shortstop Zack Cozart also were out of the lineup. The Reds went 32-16 with first baseman Joey Votto out of the lineup because of a knee injury, successfully moving players around and changing the lineup.With the division title wrapped up, Speier had to balance trying to win games -- Cincinnati started the day tied with Washington for most wins in the majors at 92 -- while resting players to get them ready for the postseason."I don't think that's too difficult," Speier said. "I think with our personnel, we've put a competitive team out there every day. But again, we're going to take care of ourselves and make sure the people that need a day or two to get their injuries under wraps will have those. But I don't think that's going to be hard."Left-hander Aroldis Chapman finished the 6-0 win on Saturday, pitching the ninth inning. He'd been sidelined since Sept. 11 with a tired pitching shoulder that had his velocity down to the mid-90s. He was throwing 99 mph again on Saturday."I thought he looked good," Speier said. "I was happy that when he was off the strike zone, it was down. That's a good sign."I know he was anxious to get back out there. It was a good position for him to kind of have a soft landing, just go out and get that inning in because we're going to need him in the playoffs."Speier planned to use him in a non-save role again before moving him back into the closer position."We're definitely easing him back into that situation," Speier said. "Maybe another time or two out of the bullpen and then we'll see what happens."
While Americans celebrate Memorial Day with family and friends as the unofficial start to summer, it's important to remember the significance of the day, and DC area sports teams and athletes have expressed their gratitude for those who serve in the military in a variety of different ways.
Last week, Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins said:
"So grateful for living in this country and understanding that that came at a price and I just want to say thank you."
Others have taken to social media to share their thoughts and memories — including the Washington Nationals, who take on the San Francisco Giants at 4 p.m. — and here's what some of them had to say.
The HARPER 2 coming at you! Memorial Day edition🙌🏻🔥 pic.twitter.com/uGtpGMJNfL— Bryce Harper (@Bharper3407) May 27, 2017
All gave some, some gave all! Today we remember all of the soldiers who gave the ultimate sacrifice! RIP to my bro 🙌🏾🙏🏾! Love you man pic.twitter.com/SWL6NoBi8B— Earl Wolff (@Ewolff28) May 29, 2017
Today and everyday, we remember and honor those who sacrificed their lives in defense of this great country. pic.twitter.com/NSp9LihdER— Georgetown Hoyas (@GeorgetownHoyas) May 29, 2017
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The ugly incident involving Red Sox fans taunting Orioles star Adam Jones with racial epithets earlier this month transcended the sport of baseball. It became a national story, sparking debate about race and how fans should behave at sporting events.
It was a huge deal, so big that former Celtics player Cedric Maxwell - the 1980-81 NBA Finals MVP - thinks it could hurt the Celtics this summer in free agency. Boston has money to spend, plus plenty of draft picks - including this year's No. 1 overall selection - and tradeable assets on their roster. They might be better positioned to made big moves this offseason than anyone and the plan to be very aggressive.
But Maxwell argued on CSNNE that signing players might not be as easy as it would seem:
"Well, I think it's more attractive now with what happened with [Al] Horford, but also it's the same thing if you think about all the things that around having Brad Stevens as a coach. What happened over there with the Red Sox, though, out in center field, right field or whatever field; don't think that does not affect decisions on the other side of the basketball ledger. Because people think and people talk and they understand. They talk about your city all the time."
NBA players are majority African-American, like Jones. The Celtics haven't had problems attracting free agents in the past, but Maxwell thinks that might change.
Watch his full comments here, as well as Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaugnessy's response: