Dusty prefers doubleheaders not to be split up

Dusty prefers doubleheaders not to be split up

Dusty prefers doubleheaders not to be split up
CINCINNATI -- The Reds and Cubs met in a day-night doubleheader on Saturday, with Game 1 being the makeup game from a May 1 rainout. Cincinnati's most recent previous doubleheader was on June 22, 2011, vs. the Yankees at Great American Ball Park.

Reds manager Dusty Baker isn't a fan of day-night doubleheaders, preferring the traditional twin bills.

"These doubleheaders take a toll on you physically and mentally, especially the splits," Baker said Saturday morning. "There was a time when they outlawed the splits, back in our time. Then the gates got so big, they brought it back. If you had your choice, you'd rather just go wait 30 minutes and go right back at them when you're hot."

As a player, Baker never minded playing two games, back-to-back, in one day.

"I didn't care. I looked at it as a four-to-six-hit day," Baker said. "There was a good chance whoever played the first game wasn't going to be as strong as me the second game. This is what tests your mental and physical strength. You may be tired, but I'm not as tired as you. And if I'm not as tired as you, there's a good chance I will beat your butt."