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Contending Brewers fire Yost as manager

September 16, 2008|From the Associated Press

MILWAUKEE -- In an unprecedented move, the Milwaukee Brewers fired Manager Ned Yost on Monday, hoping to pull out of another late-season slump that has jeopardized the team's chance of making the playoffs for the first time since 1982.

Third base coach Dale Sveum will take over as interim manager for the remainder of the season. The Brewers have lost seven of eight and have fallen into a tie with Philadelphia for the National League wild-card lead.

It marked the first time in major league history -- except the strike-split 1981 season -- that a manager was fired in August or later with his team in playoff position, the Elias Sports Bureau said.

At 83-67, the Brewers have only 12 games to rebound.

Milwaukee came into this month with a 5 1/2 -game lead in the wild card but since has lost 11 of 14 -- including a four-game sweep completed by the Phillies over the weekend.

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