GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) - Manager Dusty Baker sat back in his black office chair and recapped how the rest of the NL Central has gotten better. A lot of names are matched with new cities.
Carlos Pena and Matt Garza in Chicago. Lance Berkman in St. Louis. Zack Greinke and Shaun Marcum in Milwaukee.
Baker's Cincinnati Reds? Not much to tell. The defending NL Central champions didn't splurge on offseason free agency, spending their time and money on keeping the team together. They think they've got more title runs in a young team that should get better over time.
The Reds opened camp on Wednesday with more starters than they have spots in the rotation and an everyday lineup that's virtually set.
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