Dusty Baker to resume managing on Monday


John Fay reports that Dusty Baker is coming back on Monday, when the Reds play the Cardinals in the season’s last series.  He also reports that he’s feeling much better than he did before he went into the hospital, though he is noticeably thinner.

This is really only worth a one line post — go to Fay’s article for Baker’s comments — but because I hate having only one paragraph in a post, I’ll use this paragraph to link GQ’s oral history of “Cheers.”  Which was a fine, fine show and thus makes for a fine, fine story, even if it wasn’t as good as “Night Court.”

Danny Duffy exits spring training game with left shoulder tightness

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Royals’ Opening Day starter Danny Duffy weathered a minor scare during Saturday’s Cactus League game against the Diamondbacks. The left-hander was removed from his final spring training start after experiencing some left shoulder tightness in the second and third innings. No lasting damage appears to have been done — Duffy told reporters that he simply felt a slight ache, nothing more — and it looks like he’ll remain on track to open the season with the team next Thursday.

The 29-year-old southpaw is coming off one of his best performances to date. Despite losing a few weeks to an oblique strain and elbow soreness, he went 9-10 in 24 starts and finished the 2017 season with a 3.81 ERA, 2.5 BB/9 and 8.0 SO/9 over 146 1/3 innings. While Duffy entered camp with a clean bill of health, he struggled to execute against his spring training opponents and racked up 13 runs, four homers, seven walks and 11 strikeouts in 13 innings of Cactus League play.

The Royals are scheduled to kick off their home opener against the White Sox on Thursday, March 29 at 4:15 PM ET. Barring any further complications with his shoulder, Duffy will take the mound for the Royals, while James Shields is expected to make his first Opening Day appearance for the White Sox.