Dusty Baker would have allowed the Angels to pinch-run for Albert Pujols.

Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker and Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson had a “testy exchange” at home plate yesterday, disagreeing over whether the spring training game between the two National League teams should feature a designated hitter.

In short: Baker wanted a DH. Gibson didn’t. As the home manager, Gibson had the option of not allowing the DH and he chose to exercise that option. Baker was angry.

Say what you want about that debate, but let the record show that Baker had no problem allowing the Angels to pinch-run for Albert Pujols, then re-insert him into the DH slot Tuesday. It just so happened that Pujols went 0 for 3, but the Angels’ slugger confirmed after the game that the Reds OK’d the plan to pinch-run for him if he had reached base.

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