HOUSTON -- Reds manager Dusty Baker, who has known Joe Torre for more than 40 years, has nothing but praise for the veteran manager, who on Friday announced that he was stepping down as manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers after this season.
"He's had a heck of a run," said Baker. "He started out fair, and then great. That's how you want to do it."
In 1968, at the age of 18, Baker broke into the Majors with the Atlanta Braves when Torre was an active player.
"He's one of the guys that really helped take care of me from the beginning of my career," said Baker. "We had a similar path. Marriages, cancer, young kids at an older age. I've leaned on Joe for quite a bit for stuff. He's a good man."
Edmonds, Rolen remember battles with Astros
HOUSTON -- For the Reds' Jim Edmonds and Scott Rolen, playing the Astros isn't quite the same as it was last decade, when, as members of the Cardinals, they had their share of battles with Houston for National League Central-supremacy.
It's even more different since the Astros traded former All-Stars Roy Oswalt and Lance Berkman just before this year's July 31 Trade Deadline.
"I rode in today with Scott Rolen and we talked about that," said Edmonds. "No Berkman, no [Craig] Biggio, no [Jeff] Bagwell, no Oswalt, no [Brad] Ausmus, no [Roger] Clemens, no [Andy] Pettitte.
"For so many years we battled that team. It's different now. It's good for the [Houston] organization. It's good to see young faces and move forward. Times change. It's not the same coming into some of these cities."
Rolen also noticed the turnover on the Astros from just five years ago.
"A different time, certainly a different generation from the Astros we [Rolen and Edmonds] battled against," Rolen said. "And we're on different teams, too. Everybody's moved on.
Bailey, feeling better, should start on Monday
HOUSTON -- Reds right-hander Homer Bailey, who experienced dizziness in his start on Wednesday against the D-backs, is on schedule to start on Monday at Milwaukee.
"I expect everything to be OK," said Bailey. "This morning, when I woke up, everything felt somewhat normal. Hopefully it's one of those deals that just lasts a couple of days."
Bailey said he never had a dizzy spell before. Prior to Wednesday's start, Bailey had a bad headache throwing in the outfield before the game. Bailey made it through only three innings before he left the game because of the dizziness.
"It was hard adjusting to sight," said Bailey. "If I looked at something and then looked at the catcher, it took a good second and a half for him to come into focus. That makes it hard -- pitching out of the stretch and checking runners -- when you're dizzy.
"We're going to try to stay on schedule, and hopefully this stuff will go away."
Phillips and Rolen return to the lineup
HOUSTON -- Brandon Phillips and Scott Rolen were back in the Reds' lineup on Friday against the Astros, and Jim Edmonds said he was hopeful that he would be in the lineup on Saturday against right-hander Nelson Figueroa.
A National League All-Star at second base, Phillips missed six starts from Aug. 27 to Sept. 1 with a swollen right hand he suffered on Aug. 25 at San Francisco, when he was hit by a Santiago Casila pitch. Phillips was also out of the lineup on Thursday.
"His hand was bothering him for a while, and then he got into a habit of swinging at bad pitches," said Reds manager Dusty Baker. "Now we're trying to get him back going because we need him to get this thing rolling."
Rolen, also an All-Star at third base for the sixth time, had missed the past two games with stiffness in his upper back and neck. He didn't run into any problems in the batting cage prior to Friday's game with the Astros and got the OK to start.
Edmonds pinch-hit on Thursday, in his only appearance since coming off the disabled list on Sept. 10. Edmonds, who was acquired from the Brewers for outfielder Chris Dickerson on Aug. 9, was on the DL from Aug. 24 to Sept. 9.
"I'm pretty much back to 100 percent for the first time in a long time," said Edmonds. "The ribs are better and my Achilles is feeling better to run full speed, which I haven't been able to do since June 1. Hopefully I'll get a chance to play tomorrow and see where we go from there."
Chapman likes makeup of Reds
HOUSTON -- Because his 100-plus mph fastball has generated a lot of attention, Reds rookie Aroldis Chapman has also generated lot of media attention.
Chapman is available to the visiting media prior to the first game of the series, as well as after each game the reliever makes an appearance.
"A winning team," Chapman said through a translator. "A team that is really together. A union out there."
Of Chapman's first 115 pitches, 48 reached at least 100 mph on scoreboard radar guns. He had a 103.9-mph clocking on a pitch on Sept. 1 to Milwaukee's Jonathan Lucroy.
"After a while, I get impressed," said Chapman.
Richard Dean is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.