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Hinch is out as Arizona manager; Gibson is in

compiled from staff and wire reports

The ownership of the Arizona Diamondbacks have shaken up the front office and the dugout.

General manager Josh Byrnes, three years ago coveted as a genius and given an unheard of eight-year contact extension, was fired recently along with young manager A.J. Hinch, whose team was 34 games under .500 in less than one full season on the job.

Kirk Gibson Arizona interim manager (mlb)

A.J. Hinch (mlb)

A name so recognizable with winning and hard-nosed play, Kirk Gibson, moves up from being the bench coach to become interim manager. Former major league pitcher Jerry DiPoto moves from vice president of player personnel to interim general manager.

The shakeup happened as the Diamondbacks are in the midst of a 10-game home stand anchored in last place in the NL West for the second year in a row, 15 games behind the San Diego Padres.

The 36-year-old Hinch, is the fourth manager to lose his job this year. In order, Trey Hillman of Kansas City, Dave Trembley of Baltimore and Fredi Gonzalez of Florida preceded him in getting a pink slip.

Kirk Gibson will bring a tough, no-nonesense, ol-school baseball attitude to the job. He is used to winning have played for Sparky Anderson and Tommy LaSorda.

He hit .268 with 255 home runs, 870 RBI’s and 284 stolen bases in 17 seasons as a major league outfielder with Detroit, Los Angeles, Kansas City and Pittsburgh.

Giants trade Bengie Molina to the Rangers

compiled from staff and wire reports

The American League West-leading Texas Rangers filled a significant need recently by acquiring veteran catcher Bengie Molina and cash from the San Francisco Giants for reliever Chris Ray and a minor league pitcher.

Bengie Molina (mlb)

The 35-year-old Molina, who went to the playoffs three times with the Angels and won a World Series in 2002, is currently batting .257 with three homers and 17 RBI’s. The two-time Gold Glove winner became expendable when the Giants recently promoted their top catching prospect Buster Posey.

Chris Ray, the right-handed reliever in the deal, is 2-0 with a 3.41 ERA in 35 games this season. The Rangers also sent right-hander Michael Main, their 2007 first-round draft pick (24th overall) to San Francisco.

Athletics cool down Indians, 3-0 behind Gio Gonzalez

compiled from staff and wire reports

Oakland A’s pitcher Gio Gonzalez is starting to become the ace of the staff. He can be very good and dominating at times.

Against Cleveland on Friday night, he pitched 6 innings and allowed five hits and upped his record to 7-5.

Gio Gonzalez (mlb)

The Indians had a chance to stage a rally in the bottom of the sixth inning but a strange play took them out of the inning.

With the bases loaded, and catcher Mike Redmond at the plate, he hit a line drive into the outfield that landed on the grass for a hit?

No! Because of two factors. Redmond is 39 years old and can’t run fast at all and the ball was not hit very far.

Oakland rightfielder Ryan Sweeney, was playing like a rover in softball, threw Redmond out at first base to stop a potential Tribe rally as the Athletics won the game 3-0 last night in Progressive Field.

The Indians (31-48) saw their five-game winning streak snapped.

Oakland (40-41) has won seven of eight against Cleveland, including three of four this year.

Indians right fielder Shin-Soo Choo left the game in the eighth inning. He appeared to hve injured his right hand while diving for a ball in the outfield.

Earnhardt, Jr. ends winless skid by winning Nationwide race

compiled from staff, wire and NASCAR news

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. raced to his first NASCAR win since 2007, driving a car with a retro paint scheme to victory lane in the Nationwide race in Daytona, Florida.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. (nascar)

Earnhardt’s Chevrolet featured a number 3 with a Wrangler paint scheme to honor his father’s induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Dale Earnhardt was killed in a last-lap accident in the 2001 Daytona 500.

Earnhardt Jr. moved into the lead following a pit stop under yellow with 26 laps to go in the race. He then held off Joey Logano over a two-lap sprint to the finish for his first Nationwide race win since 2006. He last won in the Sprint Cup in 2007.

Reds nine run seventh inning, two-hit pitching by Arroyo keys third straight win

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CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — A nine-run seventh inning keyed by six walks pushed the Reds to their third straight win Friday, in a 12-0 rout over the Cubs. Chicago lost their third straight game and are 1-4 on the current seven game homestand. The nine runs scored by the Reds are a season-high for one inning surpassing the eight runs scored May 20th in a 10-9 loss at Atlanta.

A crowd of 40,361 saw the Reds send 13 men to the plate in the seventh inning.

Cubs starting pitcher Ryan Dempster, now 6-6, trailed only 1-0 going into the seventh as he gave up  a leadoff homer to second baseman Brandon Phillips in the third inning. Dempster despite the loss, struck out nine Reds.

Bronson Arroyo (mlb)

Dempster walked the first two batters in the seventh and possibly the key play in the frame was then a fielding error on a Ramon Hernandez ground ball by second baseman Mike Fontenot. With one out, Dempster walked Bronson Arroyo and Phillips to push the lead to 3-0. Jonny Gomes’ two-run double and Scott Rolen’s two-run single were key hits in the rally. Bob Howry was touched for a two-run double by Hernandez to make it 10-0. Joey Votto homered in the eighth to make the final score 12-0.

Arroyo is now 8-6 against the Cubs in his career and Dempster, a former Red, is 5-6 against the Reds.

In allowing only two hits in six innings, Arroyo was able to bounce back from a loss to Cleveland in his last start on Sunday. He is 8-4 on the season.

GAME NOTES

* Cincinnati retained its 1 1/2 game lead over St. Louis in the NL Central as the Cardinals beat Milwaukee, 5-0.

* The Reds hit the season’s halfway point of 81 games with a record of 46-35, the first time they’ve been 11 games over .500 since June 2006.

* Joey Votto reached base for the 40th consecutive game, via a walk in the first inning. It is the longest such streak in the majors since Ichiro Suzuki of Seattle and Ryan Zimmerman of Washington both had 43-game streaks in 2009.

*Cincinnati has beaten the Cubs four straight in the season series and leads overal at 6-2.

* Chris Valaika and Travis Wood were selected for the 2010 International League All-Star squad as Louisville Bats representatives.

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