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DeFrancesco named interim manager of Astros

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HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros named Tony DeFrancesco interim manager on Sunday, a day after firing Brad Mills.

DeFrancesco was the manager of Houston's Triple-A affiliate in Oklahoma City.

In his third season running the Astros, Mills was dismissed Saturday night after Houston lost to the Diamondbacks 12-4.

Houston entered Sunday's game with the worst record in the major leagues at 39-82.

Hitting coach Mike Barnett and first base coach Bobby Meacham were also let go on Saturday. Dan Radison will take over in the interim as first base coach and Ty Van Burkleo will be the hitting coach.

General manager Jeff Luhnow said he made the decision not to bring Mills back for next season about a week ago.

"Once that decision was made, it made a lot of sense to make these decisions sooner rather than later," Luhnow said. "We didn't want to have a lame-duck administration and wanted to get some new blood in here."

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