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October 7, 2012 | From Inquirer Wire Services
CLEVELAND - Former Phillies and Red Sox manager Terry Francona is getting back with another of his baseball families - the team his father Tito played for. Francona has been named manager of the Cleveland Indians, a team that collapsed in the second half this season after a promising first four months. The 53-year-old will be introduced as the Tribe's 42d manager during a Monday news conference at Progressive Field. Cleveland chose Francona over Sandy Alomar Jr., who served as the club's interim manager for the final six games after Manny Acta was fired Sept.
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October 10, 2009 | Daily News Wire Services
Former Washington Nationals manager Manny Acta says he has been contacted by the Houston Astros about their managerial opening. "To interview with the Astros is very exciting," Acta told Houston TV station KRIV yesterday. Acta did not say when he would be meeting with club officials. He was fired by the Nationals during the season. The Astros finished 74-88 in 2009. They fired Cecil Cooper on Sept. 21 and promoted third-base coach Dave Clark to run the team over the final 2 weeks.
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October 27, 2009 | Daily News Wire Services
Mark McGwire is back in baseball, reunited with Tony La Russa as the St. Louis Cardinals' hitting coach. La Russa agreed to return for a 15th year as manager yesterday with a 1-year contract, the first time he hasn't had a multiyear deal with the team. All of his coaches will return except for Hal McRae, who will be replaced by the former star. "Mark is passionate about the game, passionate about the Cardinals," chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. said. "Tony thinks he'll be a great coach, and I think he's got a lot to offer.
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June 16, 2009 | By Don McKee, Inquirer Staff Writer
Patience used to be a virtue Manny Acta still had his job last night, a bit of a surprise considering the death watch the Washington Nationals manager has been on since Friday. Team president Stan Kasten yesterday refused to confirm or deny reports of Acta's impending demise, but told the Washington Post he was "troubled" by the team's record. Reports by both SI.com and Fox Sports said Acta would be replaced by bench coach Jim Riggleman, who has managed San Diego, Seattle and the Chicago Cubs.
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October 23, 2004 | Daily News Wire Services
The Arizona Diamondbacks have narrowed their list of managerial candidates to three. The search for a full-time replacement for fired manager Bob Brenly has produced a trio of finalists, former Seattle manager Bob Melvin; Manny Acta, who spent 3 years as Montreal's third-base coach; and minor league manager Wally Backman. Melvin was Arizona's bench coach before he left to manage the Mariners, and Backman managed Arizona's Class A team in Lancaster, Calif., this season. Arizona general manager Joe Garagiola Jr. said yesterday he was putting together a schedule in which the three would interview with higher team officials next week.
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August 8, 2012
Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington says he's put behind him Roy Oswalt's decision not to pitch a third inning of relief and sees no need to discuss it with the former starter. Oswalt told Washington after throwing 30 pitches in the seventh and eighth innings Sunday that he couldn't continue. The Rangers lost, 7-6, in 10 innings at Kansas City. "Since I've been here [if] a player tells me he can't go, that's it," Washington said before Monday night's game against the Red Sox in Boston.
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May 21, 2011
Tribe minus Hafner After putting centerfielder Grady Sizemore (.282, 6 home runs, 11 RBIs) on the disabled list earlier in the week with a bruised knee, the Cleveland Indians placed designated hitter Travis Hafner on the 15-day DL with a strained side muscle on Friday. Hafner, who was hitting .345 with five homers and 22 RBIs, injured his right oblique taking a swing during batting practice Wednesday in Chicago. He sat out two games, but manager Manny Acta said an MRI exam showed "issues.
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October 26, 2009 | Daily News Wire Services
Manny Acta's record didn't overwhelm the Cleveland Indians. They looked much deeper than at his wins and losses - lots of losses. Acta, fired as the Washington Nationals manager in July after 2 1/2 seasons, was hired yesterday by the Indians, who gave him a 3-year contract with a club option for 2013. Additional terms of the deal were not disclosed. The club will introduce the 40-year-old Acta - the Indians' 40th manager - at a news conference today. He is the first Cleveland manager hired from outside the organization since John McNamara in 1990.
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April 18, 2010 | By Bob Kelley, Inquirer Staff Writer
A-Rod passes McGwire Alex Rodriguez has passed Mark McGwire for sole possession of eighth place in career homers. His first shot of the season brings him to 584. Rodriguez homered off the Texas Rangers' Doug Mathis in the fourth inning Saturday, a solo drive to right-center for a 7-0 lead en route to the Yankees' 7-3 home win. A-Rod had gone homerless in his first 41 at-bats, his longest homerless streak at the start of a season since...
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October 9, 2012 | Daily News Wire Reports
TERRY FRANCONA could have waited to manage somewhere else. At some point, a more talented team in a major market with a massive payroll would make him an offer. But if he was going back, there was only one team for him. And when the Cleveland Indians called, Francona was on his way. "I knew it was right for me," he said. Francona, who led the Boston Red Sox to two World Series titles, was introduced Monday as the new manager of the Indians, who crashed in the second half this season after contending for 4 months.
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October 7, 2012 | From Inquirer Wire Services
CLEVELAND - Former Phillies and Red Sox manager Terry Francona is getting back with another of his baseball families - the team his father Tito played for. Francona has been named manager of the Cleveland Indians, a team that collapsed in the second half this season after a promising first four months. The 53-year-old will be introduced as the Tribe's 42d manager during a Monday news conference at Progressive Field. Cleveland chose Francona over Sandy Alomar Jr., who served as the club's interim manager for the final six games after Manny Acta was fired Sept.
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August 8, 2012
Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington says he's put behind him Roy Oswalt's decision not to pitch a third inning of relief and sees no need to discuss it with the former starter. Oswalt told Washington after throwing 30 pitches in the seventh and eighth innings Sunday that he couldn't continue. The Rangers lost, 7-6, in 10 innings at Kansas City. "Since I've been here [if] a player tells me he can't go, that's it," Washington said before Monday night's game against the Red Sox in Boston.
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November 7, 2011 | BY DAVID MURPHY, dmurphy@phillynews.com
HE WRAPPED up his business in Cleveland in September, pinch-hitting in the bottom of the eighth before Indians manager Manny Acta inserted him at third base in the top of the ninth. Jim Thome spent one pitch in the field, then walked off the Jacobs Field turf from the same position he first walked onto it 20 years before. One month after Thome's final home game in Cleveland, he returned to another city to tie up some loose ends. This time, he hopes the homecoming is more than ceremonial.
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June 24, 2011 | Daily News Wire Services
Just when the Washington Nationals were showing signs of success and stability, and just as the players were starting to talk about the growing respect for the franchise around the league, along came the surprise announcement that manager Jim Riggleman was quitting because he wasn't happy with his contract. The Nationals completed a sweep of the Seattle Mariners yesterday afternoon, winning, 1-0, in the bottom of the ninth on Laynce Nix's sacrifice fly. They have won 11 of 12 and have moved above .500 this late in the season for the first time since 2005.
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May 21, 2011
Tribe minus Hafner After putting centerfielder Grady Sizemore (.282, 6 home runs, 11 RBIs) on the disabled list earlier in the week with a bruised knee, the Cleveland Indians placed designated hitter Travis Hafner on the 15-day DL with a strained side muscle on Friday. Hafner, who was hitting .345 with five homers and 22 RBIs, injured his right oblique taking a swing during batting practice Wednesday in Chicago. He sat out two games, but manager Manny Acta said an MRI exam showed "issues.
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May 2, 2011 | Daily News Wire Services
No matter the situation, the upstart Cleveland Indians can do no wrong this season. Cleveland has baseball's best record at 19-8 after Michael Brantley singled home the go-ahead run in a three-run eighth inning yesterday and the Indians beat the Detroit Tigers, 5-4, for their 13th straight home win. "I don't think anybody could see this coming," closer Chris Perez said. "Everything is coming together. The starting pitchers are keeping us in there, the bullpen is doing the job. Two outs, none on?
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May 2, 2011 | Associated Press
CLEVELAND - The upstart Cleveland Indians have baseball's best record at 19-8 after Michael Brantley singled home the go-ahead run in a three-run eighth inning Sunday as the Tribe beat the Detroit Tigers, 5-4, for their 13th straight home win. "I don't think anybody could see this coming," closer Chris Perez said. "Everything is coming together. The starting pitchers are keeping us in there, the bullpen is doing the job. Two outs, none on? The offense will do something. This is a lot of fun. " Cleveland's third consecutive victory in its last at-bat and sixth straight overall pushed Detroit's losing streak to six games.
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April 18, 2010 | By Bob Kelley, Inquirer Staff Writer
A-Rod passes McGwire Alex Rodriguez has passed Mark McGwire for sole possession of eighth place in career homers. His first shot of the season brings him to 584. Rodriguez homered off the Texas Rangers' Doug Mathis in the fourth inning Saturday, a solo drive to right-center for a 7-0 lead en route to the Yankees' 7-3 home win. A-Rod had gone homerless in his first 41 at-bats, his longest homerless streak at the start of a season since...
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November 12, 2009 | Daily News Wire Services
Two people in baseball familiar with the Washington Nationals' plans told the Associated Press that Jim Riggleman will be the team's manager next season. Both people spoke on condition of anonymity because no official announcement has been made. The team is planning a news conference for today. Riggleman was promoted from bench coach to interim manager in July, replacing fired manager Manny Acta. The Nationals were 26-61 at the time and went 33-42 under Riggleman. Riggleman, who also managed the San Diego Padres, Chicago Cubs and Seattle Mariners, has a .442 career winning percentage.
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