Sports briefs: Reds fire Baker
MLB • The Reds fired Dusty Baker on Friday, parting ways with the manager who led them to their best stretch of success since the Big Red Machine but couldn't get them past the first round of the postseason.
The move came after the Reds lost the wild-card playoff in Pittsburgh 6-2 on Tuesday night, ending the season with their sixth straight loss..
• Alex Rodriguez sued Major League Baseball and commissioner Bud Selig, accusing them of pursuing "vigilante justice" as part of a "witch hunt" designed to smear the character of the Yankees star and cost him tens of millions of dollars. The league suspended Rodriguez for 211 games in August for alleged violations of baseball's drug agreement.
• More than five weeks after getting the shocking diagnosis of a torn elbow ligament, New York Mets ace Matt Harvey gave in and agreed Friday to have surgery that will sideline him for the entire 2014 season.
• Albert Pujols sued Jack Clark over comments on a local radio show accusing the three-time NL MVP of using steroids. The lawsuit between former Cardinals stars seeks unspecified damages that would be donated to charity, and asks for a determination and declaration that Clark's statements are false.
From wire reports