Dusty Baker will manage American League in All-Star Game

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Along with leading a besmirched Astros roster, new manager Dusty Baker will have an additional responsibility as MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand points out: Baker will manage the American League in the 2020 All-Star Game as a result of the Astros winning the AL pennant. He will, of course, be opposed by Dave Martinez, manager of the reigning champion Nationals.

Baker will have his choice of managers/coaches to bring on his All-Star staff this summer. The All-Star festivities will be held on July 14 at Dodger Stadium, which will provide additional intrigue since the Astros and Red Sox both used sign-stealing schemes to help overcome the Dodgers in the 2017 and ’18 World Series. The Astros and Red Sox will likely have their fair share of All-Stars headed to the Midsummer Classic.

Baker’s hiring in Houston was made official earlier today. The 70-year-old comes with 22 years of managing experience, having amassed a 1,863-1,636 (.532) managerial record with four teams dating back to 1993. However, a championship has thus far eluded Baker, a three-time winner of the NL Manager of the Year Award.

Orioles option LHP Bruce Zimmermann to minors

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SARASOTA, Fla. – The Baltimore Orioles have optioned left-handers Bruce Zimmermann and Nick Vespi and reassigned infielder Lewin Díaz, left-hander Darwinzon Hernandez and catcher Mark Kolozsvary to minor league camp.

The Orioles announced the moves Monday.

Baltimore’s spring training roster now has 46 players.

Zimmermann made 13 starts last season. He went 2-5 with a 5.99 ERA.

The competition for rotation spots with the Orioles has been a significant story during spring training, but after the team acquired Cole Irvin and Kyle Gibson in the offseason – and with top prospect Grayson Rodriguez in the mix as well – there were a lot of pitchers Zimmermann needed to beat out.