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[September 02, 2014]  The Sports Xchange
The Houston Astros fired manager Bo Porter on Monday after a 59-79 record in his second season.

General manager Jeff Luhnow named Tom Lawless as the interim manager for the remainder of the 2014 season. Luhnow also fired bench coach Dave Trembley.

"This was not an easy decision to make. We wish Bo nothing but the best in the future," Astros owner Jim Crane said in a statement. "Jeff has my full support moving forward. Our goal to bring a championship to Houston remains."

Porter, 42, had been the Astros manager since the start of the 2013 season after being named to the position on Sept. 27, 2012, while serving as third base coach for the Washington Nationals. He compiled a 110-190 record (.367 winning percentage) in parts of two seasons as Astros manager.

Adam Everett will join the coaching staff, replacing Trembley as bench coach. The remaining coaches will continue in their current roles.

---The Seattle Mariners' suspended catcher Jesus Montero for the remainder of the season following an altercation with a team scout last week.

Montero was on a rehab assignment with short-season Everett when he went after a cross-checker scout with a bat during Thursday's game when the scout heckled him.

Montero went into the stands with a bat after the scout ordered him to hustle off the field in Spanish and had an ice cream sandwich sent to him in the dugout.

---The Philadelphia Phillies traded outfielder John Mayberry Jr. to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for minor league third baseman Gustavo Pierre.

The trade was made before Sunday's midnight waiver trade deadline

Mayberry, 30, batted .213 with six home runs and 21 RBI in 63 games (29 starts) for the Phillies this season and had recently been on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Lehigh Valley for left wrist inflammation.

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---St. Louis Cardinals right hander Michael Wacha threw 34 pitches in a rehab game Sunday night for Double-A Springfield at Tulsa. He allowed a hit and a walk with a strikeout.

Cardinals right hander Jason Motte pitched the eighth inning of that game and threw 12 pitches in a 1-2-3 inning. The organization hasn't decided the next step for either pitcher yet.

---The Cleveland Indians activated designated hitter Jason Giambi off the disabled list. The 43-year-old Giambi had been on the DL since June 12 with an inflamed knee.

He also has missed time this season because of a broken rib and strained calf.

In 47 at-bats this year, Giambi is hitting .128 with two home runs and five RBIs.

---With rosters eligible to be expanded up to 40 players as of Sept. 1, Miami activated LHP Dan Jennings and RHP Carter Capps off the disabled list.

Capps, who has hit 100 mph with his fastball, has a 4.78 ERA in 96 career innings in the majors, including 3.00 in nine innings this season.

Capps, 24, hasn't pitched in the majors since May 25.


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