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Phillies fire 3 coaches after 81-81 season

Updated: October 3, 2012, 6:29 PM ET
Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- Immediately after finishing with a .500 record, the Philadelphia Phillies fired first base coach Sam Perlozzo, bench coach Pete Mackanin and hitting coach Greg Gross.

The club announced the changes after its season ended with a 3-1 loss at the Washington Nationals on Wednesday. The Phillies finished 81-81 and in third place in the NL East, ending a run of five consecutive division titles -- and nine winning seasons in a row.

Perlozzo, former manager of the Baltimore ...

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