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D-backs fire Hinch; Gibson to manage

Updated: July 2, 2010, 2:59 PM ET
Associated Press

PHOENIX -- The one-time rising young genius of baseball and his youthful hand-picked manager got the boot in Arizona.

General manager Josh Byrnes, so coveted three years ago that the Diamondbacks extended his contract to a whopping eight years, was fired Thursday night along with manager A.J. Hinch, whose team was 34 games under .500 in his less than one full season on the job.

Kirk Gibson, a name as recognizable to fans as Hinch's was obscure, moves up from bench coach to become interim ...

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