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Architect of Mets' greatest club dies

NEW YORK — Frank Cashen, the general manger who wore a signature bow tie and fashioned a Mets team that rollicked its way to the 1986 World Series championship, died Monday at Memorial Hospital in Easton, Md., after a short illness. He was 88.

Mr. Cashen was a longtime sportswriter in his Baltimore hometown and went to law school before joining the Orioles and eventually becoming their GM.

The Orioles won two titles while Mr. Cashen worked for them, but it was in New York where he put his stamp on a franchise with the likes of Darryl Strawberry and Dwight Gooden. Hired in 1980, Mr. Cashen transformed a last-place team into the most dominant club in baseball.

Mr. Cashen made the trades that brought star 1B Keith Hernandez and future Hall of Fame C Gary Carter to the Mets, and he oversaw the draft picks of Gooden and Strawberry. He also hired Davey Johnson as manager.

"Frank was our leader," Strawberry said in a statement. "I always admired the way he put together our team. He mixed young guys, like me and (Gooden), with guys like Carter and Hernandez. He was able to find the perfect blend to build a championship."

EX-PITCHER DIES: Bobby Castillo, a former Dodgers and Twins pitcher credited with teaching Fernando Valenzuela how to throw a screwball, died in a Los Angeles hospital after a battle with cancer. He was 59.

SUSPENSION UPHELD: Orioles 3B Manny Machado began serving a five-game suspension nearly three weeks after Major League Baseball levied the sentence for throwing his bat toward A's 3B Josh Donaldson during a game.

CARDINALS: OF Oscar Taveras, one of baseball's top prospects, was called up from Triple-A Memphis for the second time this season.

METS: 3B David Wright will miss a three-game series against the Braves because of a bruised left rotator cuff.

RED SOX: Hitting coach Greg Colbrunn rejoined the staff after being hospitalized June 4 with bleeding in his brain.

ROCKIES: RHP Jhoulys Chacin went on the 15-day disabled list with an inflamed shoulder, becoming the team's sixth starter to hit the DL.

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