World Series Baseball

Houston Astros' Marwin Gonzalez hits a 2-RBI double during the fifth inning in Game 5 of baseball's World Series between the Houston Astros and the Atlanta Braves Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston manager Dusty Baker appreciates his stars, but this time of year — perhaps more than ever — he's also a big fan of his role players.

He likened his bench players to a third-down running back in football or the sixth man in basketball.

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