Struggling Astros part ways with hitting coach Gaetti

Updated: July 12, 2006, 11:39 PM ET
Associated Press

HOUSTON -- The Houston Astros shook up their slumping offense Wednesday night by firing hitting coach Gary Gaetti.

The Astros have the second-worst batting average in the National League and their run total (408) ranks 23rd in the majors.

Earlier Wednesday, the Astros acquired Aubrey Huff from Tampa Bay, but general manager Tim Purpura said he, manager Phil Garner and owner Drayton McLane decided more changes were needed.

"We wanted to make sure no stone was ...

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