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MLB notebook: Astros fire manager amid dismal season

| Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, 8:39 p.m.

The Astros fired manager Bo Porter on Monday, saying the dismissal had less to do with the team's 59-79 record than the need for “new direction” and a “united message throughout the entire organization.”

Porter was in his second season with the Astros and was succeeded by interim manager Tom Lawless, who worked in Houston's minor league system. Lawless' first game in charge is Tuesday night at home against the first-place Angels.

Bench coach Dave Trembley also was let go.

Porter joined the Astros after working as a third-base coach for the Nationals. The Astros went a franchise-worst 51-111 in his first season for their third straight 100-loss season.

General manager Jeff Luhnow said the decision was not based on “our current level of competitiveness.”

The Astros entered Monday in fourth place in the AL West with the second-worst record in the league.

• Jason Giambi's long career, the highs and lows and everything in-between, has brought the slugger back to his beginnings. Just as he did as a rookie in 1993, he's wearing No. 72. “I guess I've come full circle,” the Indians slugger said. Giambi was activated from the 60-day disabled list for the surging Indians, who have moved within four games of first-place in the AL Central. The 43-year-old had been sidelined since June 12 with soreness in his left knee.

• The Mariners placed first baseman-designated hitter Jesus Montero on the suspended list. Montero, 24, was recalled from his rehabilitation assignment Friday following a verbal altercation with a Mariners scout at a Class A Northwest League game. General manager Jack Zduriencik has said that Montero wouldn't play again this year following the heated argument in the stands in Boise, Idaho. Zduriencik said the actions of Montero and cross-checker Butch Baccala were “unacceptable” and “embarrassing” for the club.

• The Reds plan to transfer right-hander Homer Bailey to the 60-day disabled list on Tuesday, ending his chances of pitching again this season. Bailey hurt his right elbow and went on the 15-day disabled list Aug. 16.

— AP

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