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Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker back after missing games due to COVID

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Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker returned Thursday for the finale of a series against the Texas Rangers following a five-game absence after testing positive for COVID-19.

The 73-year-old Baker said he never felt bad and had only mild symptoms that he attributed to seasonal allergies before testing positive. "I’m very fortunate that I had both my shots and the two boosters," he said. "So, I’m really hoping that everybody goes and gets the shots and boosters, because if you do get (COVID-19) hopefully it’s mild like mine was." Baker tested positive on Friday when the team was on a road trip in Cleveland.

He isolated in his hotel room all weekend and did not return to Houston with the team on Sunday night. He returned to Houston on a private jet Monday but wasn’t cleared to return to the dugout until Thursday. RED SOX BEAT ASTROS, PROPELLED BY JARREN DURAN'S BIG DAY At first, Baker welcomed the rest amid a hectic season in which he didn’t get any time off during the All-Star break because he was the manager of the AL squad.

But after a couple of days, boredom set in. "I listened to music all day, watched TV, made phone calls and caught up on things," he said. "I don’t get bored, but after five or six days you want to get back out here." Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker Jr.

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