Struggling to score, the Indians made a major change following yesterday's 6-5 loss to the White Sox -- they fired hitting coach Eddie Murray, a Hall of Famer who was in his fourth year in the position.
"We don't make hasty decisions. It was a process and ultimately we decided to do it after the game today," Manager Eric Wedge said. "There wasn't one particular thing."
The Indians, with a potent offense a year ago, have scored just 75 runs in their last 16 games. Hitting coordinator Derek Shelton will take over as batting coach on an interim basis for the rest of the season.
"The most difficult part of this is just obviously Eddie Murray and the tremendous amount of respect I have and we have for him," Wedge said, declining to discuss his conversation with Murray or his reaction.
Murray, who had 504 homers and 3,255 hits as a player and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2003, was informed of the firing after the game. He was not available to comment.
"Eddie is the ultimate pro," Wedge said.
* UNHAPPY BOSS: Yankees owner George Steinbrenner said through his spokesman that it was up to Manager Joe Torre and GM Brian Cashman to solve the team's problems.
Steinbrenner, who held a conference call with Torre, Cashman and team president Randy Levine on Friday afternoon, thinks the Yankees are letting down the people of New York and hinted changes could be coming unless the club starts winning.
"You've got to keep your wits about you. You've got to try to put a positive spin on it as much as you can," Torre said as the Yankees prepared to play the Twins.
New York ended its six-game losing streak with its victory at Minnesota.
* JETER SICK: Yankees SS Derek Jeter was given last night off because of a bad cold.
Torre said Jeter, who has just three hits in his last 21 at-bats, hasn't been the same this week because of his sickness -- originally thought to be allergies.
Jeter had played in every game for the Yankees this season, starting all but one. Rey Sanchez took his place at shortstop.
* EARLY EXIT: Angels Manager Mike Scioscia was ejected by plate umpire Bill Hohn after Chone Figgins was called out on strikes in the seventh inning.
* 100 REASONS TO WATCH: With the game televised live back home, the Rangers' Chan Ho Park became the first South Korean pitcher to win 100 games in the majors.
-- From News Services