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Phil Garner hired as special adviser

Updated: August 12, 2011, 3:47 PM ET
Associated Press

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Former manager Phil Garner is now a special adviser to the Oakland Athletics, his first major league club.

General manager Billy Beane made the announcement Friday, when the A's were set to open a weekend series against the first-place Texas Rangers. Garner, an ex-infielder, broke into the big leagues with Oakland in 1973.

Garner, who managed with the Milwaukee Brewers, Detroit Tigers and Houston Astros, will spend time with the A's periodically for the rest of ...

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