CINCINNATI -- While talking about Saturday's MLB Beacon Awards luncheon, Reds manager Dusty Baker mentioned he was friends with former Giants pitcher Randy Moffitt -- the brother of tennis great and Beacon honoree Billie Jean King. Baker was a player with the Dodgers and Braves during that time and said rare was the time an opposing team's pitcher would befriend a hitter."Hitters and pitchers didn't hang out together from opposing teams. They didn't want to like you in case they had to hit you," Baker said. Baker remembered friend and Hall of Famer Hank Aaron was close to two pitchers from the opposition -- Bob Gibson and Jerry Koosman. "Bob Gibson hit John Milner that night, right in the back," Baker recalled. "Hank asked him why he hit Milner. He said he heard he could hit. This was a Spring Training game. I was real quiet because my batting average was higher than Milner's. I was like, 'What did you hear about me?'"
Nix out with undisclosed injury
CINCINNATI -- The nature of Laynce Nix's injury remained somewhat shrouded in mystery on Saturday, but his availability from the Reds' bench was unlikely again."Dire emergency," Reds manager Dusty Baker said about Nix's status on Saturday. "We have to get that straight." During the Reds' 4-3 loss to the Cardinals on Friday, Nix was not used in a ninth-inning pinch-hit opportunity that seemed to suit him. After the game, Baker said Nix was unavailable but would not disclose the reason. The skipper remained mum on Saturday. Nix was nearly as coy when asked why he was sidelined. "It's just a tight muscle hindering me from playing," he said. "I will be back in a couple of days. It's nothing too serious. I haven't been able to swing the bat, but it's getting a lot better." Last season, Nix missed 14 games on the disabled list with a cervical disc injury in his back. Baker didn't believe Nix, who is the only left-handed bat on the bench, would need to be placed on the DL for his current injury. "I don't anticipate a move," Baker said. "Plus, for what Nix brings to the table, who is the move?" At Triple-A Louisville, two left-handed hitters -- Juan Francisco and Danny Dorn -- recently went down with injuries. Yonder Alonso was just promoted to Louisville this week from Double-A Carolina. "Nix has done a good job for us with the bat," Baker said. "Sometimes, you have to wait. I played short half of last year."
Gomes flashes speed on three-hit night
CINCINNATI -- During his three-hit night on Friday vs. the Cardinals, Reds left fielder Jonny Gomes had two infield hits. Gomes, who isn't known for his speed, was asked on Saturday when the last time he had two infield hits in a game."I don't think I've had two infield hits for my career," Gomes said. In the ninth inning, Gomes narrowly beat out a tough grounder deep to the hole fielded by Cardinals shortstop Brendan Ryan. "I don't really consider that second one an infield hit. It is in the books," said Gomes, who scored later in the inning to make it a one-run game. "It was way in the hole. He was probably only one of three people that can get to that ball and throw it."
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.