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The Brewers reportedly to scrap Garner

The Brewers will announce the firing of manager Phil Garner and the resignation of general manager Sal Bando at a news conference today, CNN/SI and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported.

Batting coach Jim Lefebvre, the only member of Garner's staff with managerial experience, is expected to take over for the rest of the season.

UMPS PURSUE INJUNCTION: Umpires have asked the National Labor Relations Board to seek an injunction in federal court to save the jobs of 22 umps baseball plans to let go next month. Dan Silverman, the New York regional director of the NLRB, said his office received a one-line request from the union Tuesday.

Umpires filed an unfair labor practice charge against the American and National leagues last week. If Silverman's office decides to issue a complaint, he could request that NLRB general counsel Fred Feinstein ask the agency's five-person board for permission to seek the injunction.

GOOD NEWS FOR MILLER PARK: Experts inspecting Miller Park have found no additional structural damage from a crane collapse that killed three people, but they can't say whether the ballpark will be ready for Opening Day in April.

HALL SLUGGER OKAY AFTER SURGERY: Hall of Famer Frank Robinson was released from a Los Angeles hospital two days after surgery to remove a cancerous prostate gland.

BENCH SUED: James Matosky of Loveland, Ohio, has sued over a $65,327 set of golf clubs he said Hall of Fame Reds C Johnny Bench and a foundation promised him but never delivered.

EX-PLAYER CHARGED: Former major-leaguer Jack Clark was charged with assaulting a police officer after a bench-clearing brawl during a minor-league game in O'Fallon, Mo., that resulted in 14 suspensions. Clark, manager of the Class A River City Rascals, turned himself in to O'Fallon police.

CARDINALS: Mark McGwire, the major-league leader with 44 homers, missed the game against the Phillies with tightness in his lower back.

DIAMONDBACKS: OF Steve Finley returned to Phoenix for treatment for a bulging disc.

GIANTS: 2B Jeff Kent had a soft cast removed from his left leg and foot and could return from the disabled list next week.

MARLINS: RHP Alex Fernandez may receive a cortisone shot today in his sore right shoulder, which would force him to miss a start.

PADRES: OF Tony Gwynn left in the fifth against the Mets with a sore left knee and is day-to-day.

YANKEES: RHP Jason Grimsley dropped his appeal of a three-game suspension stemming from a brawl last week at Seattle.

_ TIMES WIRES

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