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Astros ax Cooper; Clark takes over

Updated: September 22, 2009, 5:04 PM ET
Associated Press

HOUSTON -- The Houston Astros fired manager Cecil Cooper on Monday with 13 games left in another disappointing season.

Third-base coach Dave Clark was named interim manager and things didn't change much Monday night as the Astros lost their eighth straight, 7-3 to the St. Louis Cardinals, to drop to 70-80.

General manager Ed Wade said the change couldn't wait until the end of the season. He added that more changes could be coming for a franchise just four years removed from ...

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