Dusty Baker got another managing job, this time with the Washington Nationals on Tuesday. And Major League Baseball got another black skipper, something the man in charge of the sport called "encouraging."

Baker previously managed the Cubs, Giants and Reds, posting a 1,671-1,504 record.

The Nationals announced Baker's hiring nearly a month after firing Matt Williams. With Baker joining the Nationals, baseball avoids what would have been its first start to a season since 1988 with zero black managers.

"I am certain that the Nationals, like all of our clubs, hired the best person for the job. It is encouraging that in this case the best person turned out to be African-American," baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said. "This is a positive step and I am intent on making continued progress on diversity in the managerial ranks going forward."

Royals love a victory parade

The world champion Kansas City Royals basked in the adulation of thousands of ecstatic fans in a parade and rally Tuesday that nearly shut down downtown for hours.

After driving a 2.3-mile route in a caravan, team owner David Glass, manager Ned Yost and several of the Royals returned the love by telling fans they could not have captured the World Series without their support and calling the turnout for Tuesday's celebration "unbelievable" and "amazing."

Right fielder Alex Gordon, who has been with the team since 2007, recalled years of losing seasons for the Royals. "To see this unfold to this is unbelievable. We're the World Series champs and you are the best fans in the world," he told the crowd.

•Mets manager Terry Collins was rewarded with a two-year contract through 2017 after guiding the team to the World Series.


Vonn no longer hurting

Lindsey Vonn's left ankle no longer aches or gives her any sort of discomfort when she steps into her ski boot. The four-time overall World Cup champion pronounced she's "definitely 100 percent" ready for the giant slalom race in Aspen, Colo., later this month. "I have a really good feeling about this season," Vonn said. "This is going to be a really good year."

Sitting out the season opener in Soelden, Austria, was a difficult choice for Vonn. She was on the sideline as Italy's Federica Brignone won the giant slalom on Oct. 24. Vonn possibly could've given it a go, but "I was worried that if I hit a bump or something, I would have problems. I erred on the side of caution, because I'm really happy with where I am at."

auto racing

Kenseth suspended for 2 races

Matt Kenseth was suspended for the next two races for intentionally wrecking Joey Logano in an act of retaliation that threatens to affect who wins the NASCAR championship.

The penalty was levied Tuesday. NASCAR also placed him on probation for six months.

Kenseth was nine laps down Sunday at Martinsville Speedway when he deliberately drove Logano into the wall. The crash was payback for Logano wrecking Kenseth three races ago in an incident that ultimately led to Kenseth's elimination from NASCAR's playoffs.

Logano was dominating at Martinsville and a victory would have earned him a spot in the final four. After the wreck, he is now last in the eight-driver field with two races remaining to earn a bid into the title-deciding finale Nov. 22.

around the horn

Soccer: Jose Maria Marin, a FIFA official extradited this week from Switzerland pleaded not guilty in a U.S. courtroom to charges stemming from a sprawling bribery case.

College basketball: UNLV suspended guard Daquan Cook for the nonconference portion of the upcoming season following a drunken-driving arrest.