MIAMI -- The latest purge by Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria targeted the personnel department rather than the dugout.
President of baseball operations Larry Beinfest was fired Friday after 12 years with the Marlins. The move came as the team neared the end of its third consecutive last-place season in the NL East.
Loria also fired Jim Fleming, who had also been with the Marlins for 12 seasons and was Beinfest's special assistant. Beinfest and Fleming were dismissed with two years left on their contracts.
Loria said he would soon make further announcements about a new structure in baseball operations, and Marlins executive Dan Jennings is considered a strong candidate to replace Beinfest. Jennings has been with the team for 11 seasons and is vice president of player personnel and assistant general manager (see full story).
Braves: Atlanta to let McCann heal before postseason
ATLANTA -- The Braves are confident Brian McCann will be ready for the playoffs even though the catcher is not expected to start any of the team's final three regular-season games.
McCann left Thursday night's game against the Phillies with an adductor strain. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said Friday the team's medical staff believes "we dodged a bullet" because the injury is not believed to be serious.
Evan Gattis is the starting catcher Friday night against the Phillies (see full story).