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M's slump leads to 'inevitable' change

Updated: May 9, 2010, 8:44 PM ET
Associated Press

SEATTLE -- Hitting coach Alan Cockrell was fired by the Seattle Mariners on Sunday, becoming the fall guy for an underperforming offense that is the worst in the American League.

Cockrell was scouting in the Mariners video room at Safeco Field when he was called into manager Don Wakamatsu's office and told of the change by Wakamatsu and general manager Jack Zduriencik. Alonzo Powell was promoted from Triple-A Tacoma, where he's been hitting coach for three seasons, to take Cockrell's spot.

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