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Reds manager Dusty Baker returns from mini-stroke in time for final regular-season series

Dusty Baker missed the Cincinnati 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'll be more good news ahead.

The Reds were 7-4 under bench coach Chris Speier and were tied with the Washington Nationals for the NL's best record at 96-63. They'd have to finish a game ahead of Washington to get home-field advantage because the Nationals won the season series 5-2.

Also motivational could be the chance to deny the St. Louis Cardinals the second NL wild card with a strong showing in the final series of the regular season.