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Last Update on September 30, 2014 03:12 GMT


UNDATED (AP) -- Ron Gardenhire was named American League Manager of the Year the same season A.J. Hinch was fired as skipper of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Today, Hinch got another major league managerial job and Gardenhire got the boot.

The Astros have hired Hinch, less than a month after firing manager Bo Porter. Hinch previously managed the Diamondbacks, recording an 89-123 record from May 2009 until July 2010. The former major league catcher most recently was the vice president of professional scouting for San Diego from 2010 until August.

The Astros introduced Hinch hours after the Twins fired Gardenhire following 13 seasons and six AL Central division titles. The Twins finished first in their first three seasons under Gardenhire and captured back-to-back division crowns in 2009 and 2010. Gardenhire was the 2010 AL manager of the year, but the team has averaged 96 losses the last four seasons.


UNDATED (AP) -- Baseball's post season gets underway tomorrow night in Kansas City as the Royals play host to the Athletics in the American League Wild Card game. The winner of the game advances to the AL divisional playoffs against the Los Angeles Angels.

The pitching for tomorrow night's game is set with Scott Shields taking the mound for the Royals against Oakland's Jon Lester.

On Wednesday, the Giants send 18-game winner Madison Bumgarner to the hill against Edinson Volquez (VOHL'-kehz) and the Pirates in Pittsburgh. The winner gets the Washington Nationals, who host the first two games of their National League Division Series.

Later this week, the Los Angeles Dodgers will take on St. Louis in an NL division series and Baltimore will play Detroit in an AL division series.


NEW YORK (AP) -- Yankees manager Joe Girardi says returning third baseman Alex Rodriguez will have to show in spring training that he can still play. Rodriguez served a season-long suspension for violations of baseball's drug agreement and labor contract. The three-time AL MVP turns 40 on July 27.

Girardi said he expects Rodriguez will be a starter at third but cautioned the team needs him to prove it.

Rodriguez is signed for three additional seasons for a total of $61 million.


ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -- The Buffalo Bills have benched starting quarterback EJ Manuel. Coach Doug Marrone (muh-ROHN') has announced that Kyle Orton will start Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions. The move comes after Manuel had another sub-standard performance in the 2-2 Bills loss to Houston Sunday. Orton was signed in the offseason as a veteran back-up to Manuel who was Buffalo's first-round draft pick in 2013 and had started 14 games over the past two seasons.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- An autopsy performed one year after Jovan Belcher fatally shot his 22-year-old girlfriend and killed himself found the Kansas City linebacker had signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy. That's the degenerative brain disease found in athletes and others with a history of repetitive brain injuries.

Belcher's mother, Cheryl Shepherd, filed a lawsuit in December alleging her son was subjected to "repetitive head trauma," and that the Chiefs failed to provide adequate medical care before he killed his girlfriend and then committed suicide.

The attorneys for the family released the details of the autopsy.


BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Freshman quarterback Brandon Harris is slated to make his first start when 15th-ranked LSU plays its first SEC road game of the season at No. 5 Auburn this Saturday. Tigers coach Les Miles announced the change in the pecking order after watching Harris lead touchdown drives on nine of his last 10 series in a backup role. Former starter Anthony Jennings had arguably his worst outings of the season over the weekend before Harris entered the game and led seven straight touchdown drives.


LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky has suspended four freshmen for Saturday night's SEC game against South Carolina for their involvement with air pistol shots being fired near a residence hall on campus. Running back and Wildcats all-purpose yards leader Stanley "Boom" Williams was suspended, along with backup quarterback Drew Barker, wide receiver Dorian Baker, and defensive end Tymere Dubose. Coach Mark Stoops and athletic director Mitch Barnhart issued a statement Monday night saying the players could face additional internal discipline.

No one was injured Sunday night, but police issued an alert advising people to stay indoors on the Lexington campus as they investigated.


KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (AP) -- Sprint Cup driver Tony Stewart says he never considered retiring from racing following the death of Kevin Ward Jr. The three-time NASCAR champion talked with reporters in his first news conference since a grand jury decided last week not to charge him in Ward's death. The 20-year-old Ward was struck and killed by Stewart's car during a sprint car race in upstate New York on Aug. 9.

Stewart discussed the accident openly and said if the parents of Ward wanted to hear from him he'd be glad to meet with them.

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