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MLB notebook: Tigers fire GM Dombrowski

| Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, 7:51 p.m.

Dave Dombrowski is out as president and general manager of the Tigers, ending a run of nearly 14 seasons in which he helped turn the franchise from an afterthought into one of the American League's powerhouses.

The Tigers announced the move Tuesday. Dombrowski, who was in the last season of his contract, is being replaced by Al Avila, who has served as his top assistant since 2002.

“I would like to thank Dave Dombrowski for his 14 years of service,” owner Mike Ilitch said in a statement. “Together we've enjoyed some success, but we're still in aggressive pursuit of our ultimate goal: to bring a World Series title to Detroit and Michigan. I've decided to release Dave from his contract in order to afford him the time to pursue other career opportunities. I feel this is the right time for the Tigers to move forward under new leadership.”

Detroit has won four consecutive AL Central titles, a streak that seems almost certain to end this year. The Tigers entered Tuesday night's game against Kansas City trailing the first-place Royals by 11 12 games.

The 59-year-old Dombrowski was the GM for the Expos and Marlins before moving to Detroit. He is likely to draw interest around the majors — within minutes of his departure, there was rampant speculation around the big leagues about where he might wind up, and when.

• Toronto pitcher Aaron Sanchez was suspended for three games and manager John Gibbons for one for their roles in Sunday's brawling game between the Blue Jays and the Royals. Major League Baseball also fined Sanchez an undisclosed sum for intentionally throwing atAlcides Escobar with warnings in place during the top of the eighth inning of Toronto's 7-6 win.

• Braves first basemanFreddie Freeman again landed on the disabled list, this time with an oblique injury. Freeman was injured fouling off a ball Monday against the Giants and was removed from the game.

• Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin, who leads the major leagues with 13 outfield assists, was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock.

• The Yankees put Dustin Ackley on the disabled list just five days after they got the infielder-outfielder in a trade with the Mariners. Ackley is sidelined with a strain in his right lower back and could miss a month, or more if surgery is needed.

• The Reds activated left-handed reliever Manny Parra off the 15-day disabled list.

— Wire reports

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