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The Journal Gazette

Sunday, September 22, 2019 1:00 am

Padres fire manager Green

Associated Press

SAN DIEGO – Andy Green was fired as manager of the San Diego Padres on Saturday morning, about 12 hours after one of their worst losses this season seemed to sum up their second-half collapse. General manager A.J. Preller said Green, in his fourth season, was fired because the team had regressed in the second half.

San Diego was 45-45 at the All-Star break but has played poorly since. The Padres have lost eight of their last nine, including an ugly, mistake-filled 9-0 loss to Arizona on Friday night that dropped them to 69-85. They became the first team to change managers this season.

Rod Barajas, in his first season as bench coach, takes over on an interim basis Saturday night against the Diamondbacks. A former big league catcher, he managed many of the current players in Triple-A.

Extra innings

The Chicago Cubs paid tribute to longtime broadcast partner WGN-TV with a pregame video. The Cubs will show their games on their own regional sports network beginning next year, ending their run on WGN after 72 seasons. ...

An MRI of Gleyber Torres' right hamstring came back negative a day after he fell awkwardly fielding a ground ball. The team announced the MRI results about 15 minutes before New York played the Toronto Blue Jays.