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Baker welcomes spring night games

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Reds played their first night game of spring Wednesday when they hosted an exhibition against Canada's World Baseball Classic team. They will play seven night games this spring.

"I like a few because it gives you time to do things," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "When do you have time in Spring Training to go to the bank, do laundry, get a haircut? Maybe you sleep in a little bit even though you can't. At the ballpark, you get to see night baseball and the reflection of the ball off of the lights. You're going to be playing most of your games when you leave from here at night."

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The Reds are off Thursday and have a pair of split-squad night games vs. the Cubs and Dodgers on Friday. Later in the spring, there will be some day games after night games.

"You don't mind that because you'll have to do that sometimes during the season," Baker said. "You try to simulate as many things as you can during the season."

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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