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Girardi downplays reported rift with Marlins owner

Updated: August 8, 2006, 10:44 PM ET
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Were the Florida Marlins close to changing managers on Sunday?

According to media reports in South Florida, a disagreement between Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria and manager Joe Girardi erupted during and after the Marlins' loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers, and at one point team employees started setting up an interview room at Dolphin Stadium for a press conference -- the same room where the team has announced managerial changes in the past.

The news conference was never held ...

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