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Padres coach Darrel Akerfelds dies

Updated: June 24, 2012, 10:39 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

SAN DIEGO -- San Diego Padres bullpen coach Darrel Akerfelds, who pitched for five seasons in the major leagues, died Sunday of pancreatic cancer. He was 50.

Akerfelds had been bullpen coach for San Diego since June 2001.

"Ak was an invaluable member of the Padres coaching staff," manager Bud Black said. "He was a loyal Padre to the end. Players and coaches were made better by Ak. He will be sorely missed."

Akerfelds was diagnosed with cancer in December 2010. Last season, Akerfelds ...

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