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Official: Garner, Bando fired

Seven years of losing baseball were too many, even for the Brewers.

Manager Phil Garner was fired and GM Sal Bando was reassigned Thursday in a shake-up of the perennially underachieving team. Milwaukee is 52-60 and appears headed to its seventh straight losing season.

Hitting coach Jim Lefebvre was appointed interim manager. Milwaukee begins a seven-game road trip today.

Bando said he proposed both changes, and Garner said his firing was "justified."

"We didn't play up to my expectations or their expectations," Garner said. "In this situation, I think it's deserved."

Only three managers have longer tenures with their clubs than Garner, who has the most wins and losses in team history. Only Connie Mack of the Philadelphia Athletics had survived with a team through more consecutive losing seasons.

Brewers president Wendy Selig-Prieb said she was confident about her overhaul of the team she took over last year from her father, baseball commissioner Bud Selig.

"This is a results business, make no mistake about it," Selig-Prieb said. "This is not a complacent organization. We will not accept mediocrity."

Bando will remain with the Brewers as a special assistant to Selig-Prieb.

"I had no desire to be a general manager in the first place," Bando said. "It just happened."

Selig-Prieb said reports that former Brewers stars Paul Molitor and Robin Yount would be considered for the positions were premature.

Garner leaves with a 563-617 record.

Astacio arrested

Rockies RHP Pedro Astacio was arrested when he turned himself in to police in Greenwood Village, Colo., after an alleged altercation with his estranged wife.

Astacio faced charges of third-degree assault and domestic violence, reports said.

His estranged wife allegedly called authorities at 10:57 p.m. Wednesday and reported that Astacio had refused to leave. Astacio also allegedly punched her in the face.

Astacio (12-9) leads the team in victories. The Rockies issued no statement.

ANGELS: 1B/OF Darin Erstad (right knee) will be re-examined after an MRI exam revealed ligament problems.

BLUE JAYS: OF Curtis Goodwin, 26, retired. 3B Willis Otanez (strained forearm) left early.

CARDINALS: Manager Tony La Russa said, barring a huge slide in the final seven weeks, he would like to stay in St. Louis.

DODGERS: A day after demanding a trade during a profanity-filled tirade, OF Raul Mondesi was back in the lineup. The team issued a statement in which Mondesi apologized. "I want to apologize to Kevin Malone, Davey Johnson, my teammates and, most importantly, to Dodger fans for the comments I made yesterday," the statement read. 2B Eric Young, on a rehab assignment, is expected to rejoin the club today.

EXPOS: Montreal leads the majors with 116 errors.

MARINERS: CF Ken Griffey tied a career high Wednesday with his 20th stolen base.

METS: 3B Edgardo Alfonzo has left the team for the funeral of an uncle. He returns Sunday. RHP Bobby Jones and closer John Franco continue to throw without pain in their rehabs.

PADRES: RF Tony Gwynn (sore left knee) is expected back in the lineup today.

PHILLIES: RHP Curt Schilling (shoulder) has been scratched from a start this weekend but might pitch Tuesday. If he misses that start, he very likely will go on the DL.

TIGERS: OF Bobby Higginson, on the DL since July 24, visited a foot specialist.

YANKEES: OF Darryl Strawberry, on assignment in Columbus, doubled and scored in the Clippers' 5-2 victory over Toledo. Strawberry was 1-for-3, his only hit in his past 10 at-bats.

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