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Marlins hire Tino Martinez as hitting coach

MIAMI — The Marlins hired Tino Martinez as hitting coach under new manager Mike Redmond on Thursday.

Miami confirmed the hire but said it would not make an official announcement until the entire coaching staff is in place. Martinez, 44, was unavailable for comment.

Martinez, a graduate of Tampa's Jefferson High and a first baseman in the majors for 16 years, has been a Yankees special assistant and spring instructor, and an analyst for the YES Network. He hit .271 with 339 homers for the Yankees, Mariners, Cardinals and Rays.

The South Florida Sun Sentinel reported Martinez was chosen not by Redmond but by owner Jeffrey Loria. Redmond's first choice was John Mabry. He spent 2012 as the Cardinals' assistant hitting coach and this week was promoted after hitting coach Mark McGwire took the same position with the Dodgers.

Blue Jays: Maicer Izturis became the first free agent to join a new team, agreeing to a three-year, $10 million deal with a team option for 2016. He hit .256 with two homers, 20 RBIs and 17 steals while playing second, third and short for the Angels.

Executive of the year: A's GM Billy Beane won the Sporting News award. Beane, who also won in 1999, got 31 of 57 votes cast by major-league executives. The Nationals' Mike Rizzo was second with 13, followed by the Rangers' Jon Daniels (six), Reds' Walt Jocketty (three), Cardinals' John Mozeliak (two), Giants' Brian Sabean (one) and White Sox's Ken Williams (one).

Soccer

Late goal propels D.C. to East final

Nick DeLeon scored in the 88th minute as visiting D.C. United beat New York 1-0 for a 2-1, two-match aggregate-goals win in the MLS Eastern Conference semifinal and a berth in the East final. A New York goal in the 69th minute on a penalty kick was waived off because a player moved into the box too quickly. The second penalty kick was stopped. D.C. meets Houston in a two-game series starting Sunday. … Visiting Seattle beat Salt Lake 1-0 for a 1-0 aggregate win in their West semi and a berth in the final. It faces Los Angeles starting Sunday. Los Angeles beat San Jose 3-0 for a 3-1 aggregate win behind Robbie Keane's two goals late Wednesday.

France: The nation's federation banned midfielder Yann M'Vila through the 2014 World Cup for going to a Paris nightclub between two games of an under-21 Cup qualifier. France lost the second game and was eliminated.

Et cetera

Tennis: Roger Federer advanced to the semifinals of the ATP Finals by beating David Ferrer 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) in London. Federer moved to 2-0 in the season-ending, round-robin tournament and 14-0 against Ferrer despite making only 53 percent of his first serves and having to save nine break points, six during his first two service games. "I definitely needed a good second serve," Federer said. "Either the rhythm was off a bit or I wasn't pushing enough with the legs or whatever it might have been." Ferrer, Juan Martin del Potro and Janko Tipsarevic still have shots to advance. Del Potro beat Tipsarevic 6-0, 6-4.

Cycling: Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins was released from a hospital in Chorley, England, a day after he was hit by a car while training. Wiggins, the Olympic time trial champion in August, sustained bruised ribs and scrapes to his hands.

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