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Indians, Wedge to part ways

CLEVELAND Indians manager Eric Wedge and his coaches will be relieved of their duties at the end of the season, the American League team said on Wednesday.

Wedge, whose seven-year tenure as Indians manager included a Central Division title in 2007 and a trip to the League Championship Series, has steered the team to a 64-92 record so far this season.

Cleveland has six games remaining on its schedule, including a four-game series in Boston over this weekend to end the season.

"I felt like that was the right thing to do," Wedge told a news conference about finishing the season out, Major League Baseball Website reported.

"That's the right thing to do for the players, and one thing we've always done here is put the players first."

General Manager Mark Shapiro, who hired Wedge in 2002, said the decision was taken after an organizational review with ownership.

"We live in a game and a business where seven years is a long time," Shapiro said. "I was hopeful we could avoid (this move), but we've arrived there."

Shapiro said a search for a new manager would begin after the end of the season.


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