HOUSTON – The Houston Astros fired manager Bo Porter on Monday, saying the dismissal had less to do with the team’s 59-79 record than the need for “new direction” and a “united message throughout the entire organization.”
Porter was in his second season with the Astros and was succeeded by interim manager Tom Lawless, who worked in Houston’s minor league system. Lawless’ first game in charge is Tuesday night at home against the first-place Los Angeles Angels.
Bench coach Dave Trembley also was let go.
Porter joined the Astros after working as a third-base coach for the Washington Nationals. The Astros went a franchise-worst 51-111 in his first season for their third straight 100-loss season.
General manager Jeff Luhnow said the decision was not based on “our current level of competitiveness.” The Astros entered Monday in fourth place in the AL West with the second-worst record in the league.
“I recognize that our win-loss record is largely a product of an organizational strategy for which I am responsible,” Luhnow said in a statement. “Rather, I made this decision because I believe we need a new direction in our clubhouse.”
Owner Jim Crane said the firing was “not an easy decision to make.” It comes following recent reports citing sources who said Luhnow and Porter were not getting along. Luhnow wouldn’t address those rumors other than to say that there were “numerous inaccuracies” in the reports.
Porter issued a statement Monday afternoon.
“During my time in Houston I dedicated myself to do everything I could to help this organization win, in the short-term and for the long-term,” he said in the statement. “I am proud of what we were able to accomplish in Houston with an organization in transition. I’m gratified we were able to bring some excitement to this city as a result of our improvement from 2013 to 2014.”
Athletics maul Mariners
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Adam Dunn provided instant pop for the Athletics, hitting a towering, two-run homer in his first at-bat for Oakland to highlight a 6-1 win over the Seattle Mariners on Monday.
Acquired a day earlier in a trade with the Chicago White Sox, Dunn became the 12th player in Oakland history to homer in his first at-bat with the team.
Dunn homered off Chris Young (12-7) during a five-run first inning. His drive was a welcome sight for a team that just got swept in a four-game series by the AL West-leading Angels and was shut out for 29 straight innings.
Jason Hammel (2-5) allowed three hits in eight innings.
Royals 4, Rangers 3
In Kansas City, Salvador Perez homered and drove in three runs, and the Royals snapped a three-game skid.
Twins 6, Orioles 4
In Baltimore, Joe Mauer drove in four runs, Phil Hughes held the Orioles without an earned run over eight innings and Minnesota avoided a four-game sweep.
Tigers 12, Indians 1
In Cleveland, David Price bounced back from an alarming start and Miguel Cabrera homered twice, hitting one of Detroit’s three homers off Corey Kluber.
Price (13-10) gave up one run and eight hits in seven innings. The left-hander was coming off a troubling loss to New York in which he allowed nine consecutive hits in one inning and eight runs over two.
Rays 4, Red Sox 3 (10)
In St. Petersburg, Florida, Matt Joyce hit an RBI single in the 10th to help Tampa Bay salvage a split of a four-game series with Boston.