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PHOENIX - The Diamondbacks, last in the NL West, fired manager A.J. Hinch and GM Josh Byrnes late Thursday.

Hinch was hired May 7, 2009. Despite no managerial experience at any level, he was moved from the front office after the firing of Bob Melvin. Hinch has two years left on his contract after this season.

Byrnes has 5-1/2 years left on a deal that runs through 2015.

Bench coach Kirk Gibson will be the interim manager, and former major-league pitcher Jerry DiPoto will be the interim GM, the team said.

Phillies lose Utley

Phillies 2B Chase Utley will be out at least eight weeks after having surgery on his right thumb.

Utley, 31, isn't expected to return until the September stretch drive.

"Yeah, this hurts," said manager Charlie Manuel, who was suspended for one game and fined an undisclosed amount by MLB for making contact with an umpire Tuesday.

The operation was performed Thursday in New York, three days after one of the majors' best all-around infielders was injured trying to stretch a single into a double. Doctors later determined part of the ligament was detached from a bone.

Later Thursday, C Brian Schneider left in the second against the Pirates with an apparent right hand injury.

Molina to Rangers: Texasfilled a big need by acquiring veteran C Bengie Molina and cash from the Giants for reliever Chris Ray and minor-league RHP Michael Main, the Rangers' 2007 first-round pick. Molina, 35, a two-time Gold Glove winner, became expendable when the Giants promoted ex-FSU star Buster Posey.

Red Sox-Astros trade: Boston acquired C Kevin Cash from Houston for INF Angel Sanchez. Cash, 32, played for the Red Sox in 2007 and 2008. He provides depth behind the plate after the Red Sox put Victor Martinez on the disabled list Tuesday with a broken left thumb.

A's: LHP Dallas Braden (elbow tightness) had a pain-free bullpen session and expects to start Saturday in Cleveland after being scratched from his start Tuesday.

Cubs: Bullpen C Edgar Tovar told manager Lou Piniella that pitcher Carlos Zambrano plans to apologize to the team when he returns from a club-ordered suspension, the Chicago Tribune reported. "He feels bad about everything," said Tovar, according to the newspaper. "He loves Chicago, and he loves playing for the Cubs and wants to stay here."

Piniella believes the players will accept Zambrano when he comes back, assuming he apologizes. The pitcher flew into a dugout tirade last week, questioned the effort of teammates and had to be separated from OF Derrek Lee.

"Time will heal wounds," Piniella told the Tribune. "It was a very good idea to wait until after the All-Star break before he came in and addressed the team, and two weeks from now things will quiet down a heck of a lot."

Piniella said Zambrano will likely go to minor-league rehab after coming off the restricted list.

Mets: SS Jose Reyes did not start for a second consecutive game because of tightness in his lower back. CF Angel Pagan (muscle spasms in right side) is also still out.

Orioles: OF/DH Luke Scott was put on the 15-day disabled list, and INF Josh Bell was recalled from Triple A. Scott strained his left hamstring Wednesday night after hitting a homer in the seventh during a win over the A's. Unsure if the ball was going to go over the fence, Scott hurt his leg while running hard to first base.