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Phillies line up 3 candidates

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Published October 8, 2004

PHILADELPHIA - The Phillies are wasting no time trying to replace Larry Bowa, setting up interviews with former managers Don Baylor, Charlie Manuel and Grady Little for next week.

Baylor, who managed the Rockies and Cubs, will be interviewed on Tuesday. Manuel, who led Cleveland to a division title three years ago, will come in Wednesday. Little, fired by Boston after last season's playoff loss to the New York Yankees, gets his turn Thursday.

Bowa was fired Saturday, one day before the Phillies finished a disappointing, injury-plagued season with an 86-76 record.

MARINERS: Roger Jongewaard, Seattle's vice president and special assistant to the general manager, is retiring after 19 years with the team. He served as vice president of scouting and player development from 1989-2003, and was part of drafting or acquiring Ken Griffey, Alex Rodriguez, Bret Boone, Mike Hampton, Jason Varitek and David Ortiz.

PADRES: The team released right-handed reliever Jay Witasick on Thursday and outrighted outfielder Kerry Robinson and righties Steve Watkins and Ricky Stone to Triple-A Portland.

RANGERS: Texas claimed left-handed pitcher Ryan Wing off waivers and sent three players to their Triple-A affiliate. Outfielder Chad Allen, catcher Ken Huckaby and left-handed pitcher Michael Tejera are all headed to Oklahoma after appearing in 20 or fewer games for the Rangers last season.

REDS: Jacob Cruz refused the Reds' attempt to assign him outright to the minors leagues, opting to become a free agent. Cruz was the Reds' top pinch hitter last season, going 14-for-55 (.255).

WHITE SOX: The team is optimistic Frank Thomas' latest surgery will clear up chronic problems with his feet, but said the slugger faces a long, slow rehabilitation.

Thomas had a bone graft and two screws inserted in his left ankle Wednesday. He'll be in a cast for at least eight weeks and is expected to be out up to six months, meaning he could miss the start of spring training.

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