ST. LOUIS — Dusty Baker missed the Reds' division-clinching win. He watched Homer Bailey's no-hitter on TV.
Back for his first full day on the job Monday after recovering from a mini-stroke in Chicago, the veteran manager takes it as a sign there will be more good news ahead.
"The way I look at it, the big one's to come," Baker said "I'm fine now. I'm not 100 percent, but I'm pretty close."
Good enough to visit some old haunts, too. Baker's 33-year-old daughter, Natosha, is with him in St. Louis and has been preparing healthy food for her father.
"She's got turkey burgers, couscous, all that kind of stuff," Baker said. "She'll be proud of me to tell you guys I'm eating this.
"I'm going to sneak down to my local watering spots and get some soul food here."
NOVA PULLED: RHP Ivan Nova was dropped from the Yankees' rotation after two poor outings, and RHP David Phelps will replace him as tonight's starter against the Red Sox. Nova, who missed 3½ weeks with right rotator cuff inflammation, has a 9.00 ERA in his past two starts.
NO MARKAKIS: Orioles RF Nick Markakis had his broken left thumb examined, and it was determined that surgically inserted pins will remain in place for another week. In other Orioles news, former Rays RHP Jason Hammel, out since he aggravated his surgically repaired right knee Sept. 11, threw a simulated game and could return to the rotation this weekend.
SLUR PROBED: Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said someone posted a homophobic slur on pitcher Derek Holland's Twitter account that was directed at a heckler. Major League Baseball is investigating the post, which was quickly taken down. Holland said he was pitching at the time and didn't do it.
PHILLIES: SS Jimmy Rollins was out of the starting lineup because of an injured right calf.
RED SOX: 2B Dustin Pedroia and CF Jacoby Ellsbury were out of the starting lineup. Pedroia may have injured a finger Sunday, and Ellsbury, a left-hander, got the night off against Yankees LHP CC Sabathia.