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Looking for answers, Mariners fire hitting coach Pentland

Updated: June 9, 2008, 7:22 PM ET
Associated Press

TORONTO -- The slumping Seattle Mariners fired hitting coach Jeff Pentland on Monday and replaced him with special assistant Lee Elia.

Elia, who turns 71 next month, was Seattle's batting coach from 1993-97 and is perhaps best known for a tirade he once unleashed as manager of the Chicago Cubs.

"Lee is vocal," Seattle manager John McLaren said. "He can pat you on the back and cheerlead you and, if he needs to, he can get in your face and challenge you. I've seen both sides of ...

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