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Baker puts late-season health scare behind him


GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- As the Reds have put 2012 behind them with Tuesday's start of Spring Training, so too has manager Dusty Baker in regards to the health scare he had near the end of the regular season.

Baker, 63, suffered a minor stroke and irregular heartbeat in September. He lost 20 pounds during his 11-day absence and most of the weight still appeared to be off.

"I'm just watching what I eat," he said. "I can eat what I want, but eat less of it. No salt, which I've been on a long time. [I've had] minimal alcohol intake. It was easy this winter, but we hadn't lost a couple of games. I have to make sure I get my rest, work out, enjoy life and try not to stress out."

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