Reds have offered Dusty Baker a contract extension

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John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer is reporting that the Reds have offered manager Dusty Baker a contract extension

Baker, in the final season of a three-year deal, wouldn’t say Wednesday whether it is a multi-year offer or just a one-year proposal, but he did acknowledge that he is considering it.

“We’re still evaluating it,” he said. “I’ve got to look at where we’re going, and what I want to do.  I’m concentrating on winning, I’ve said that all along. Everything is cool. It will work out.”

The veteran skipper has led the Reds to an impressive 68-51 record this season and an even more impressive 2.5-game lead over the heavily-favored Cardinals in the National League Central.  That success has more to do with breakout years by Joey Votto and the entire Cincinnati pitching staff, but Baker must be doing something right.  And it only makes sense for him to return for at least the 2011 season.

Dodgers announce World Series rotation order

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We know Clayton Kershaw will oppose Dallas Keuchel in Game 1 of the World Series. We now know the rest of the Dodgers’ rotation order, per Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times. After Kershaw, it’ll be Rich Hill, then Yu Darvish, followed by Alex Wood.

No surprise, that’s the same order the Dodgers used in the NLCS against the Cubs. Dodger starters combined to post a 2.67 ERA with 31 strikeouts and four walks across 27 innings in the NLCS.

The Astros haven’t yet announced their rotation order, but we can safely assume Justin Verlander will follow Keuchel in Game 2.