Gibson's choice to drop DH displeases Reds' Baker

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- D-backs manager Kirk Gibson and Reds manager Dusty Baker had a testy discussion when they met at home plate for the exchange of lineup cards prior to Monday's game.

Baker had wanted to use Shin-Soo Choo as a designated hitter because he is dealing with a quadriceps issue. Gibson wanted to play under standard National League rules in which the pitcher hits. That's because he wanted starter Brandon McCarthy, who is coming over from the American League, to have as many at-bats as possible this spring.

In Spring Training, it's up to the home team -- in this case the D-backs -- to decide whether a DH is used or not.

"I had it happen last year with a team, they tried to put the DH in there and that's not the way it's done," Gibson said. "I wanted to play a National League game. I notified them several times and they just wanted to do it their way and they couldn't do it. So they didn't like that. But we play by the rules here, that's the way it is. We go over there we play by their rules. It's very simple."

As the animated pregame conversation came to a close it looked as though Gibson offered to shake Baker's hand, but Baker refused.

"We didn't have a very pleasant encounter at home plate," Baker said. "That's how it goes. It's over."

Said Gibson, "It was a good locker-room talk. Read between the lines."

Choo ended up pinch-hitting in the sixth inning, and McCarthy got one at-bat and hit a tapper in front of home plate for an out.