Sveum's dismissal likely will ramp up speculation surrounding the status of Yankees manager Joe Girardi, a Peoria, Ill., native who played college ball at nearby Northwestern. Epstein said he expected to complete the search process by early November.
The Cubs went 61-101 in Sveum's first season, and things weren't much better this year. The Cubs dropped 41 of their final 59 games, including six of their final seven. They finished 66-96 and Sveum went 127-197 in his two seasons at the helm. He had one year left on a three-year deal signed before the 2012 season.
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Twins • Minnesota and Ron Gardenhire agreed to a new two-year extension, keeping the manager in the Twin Cities through the 2015 season. Gardenhire has a career record of 998-947 (.513) as a major league manager, and trails only Tom Kelly on the Twins' all-time win list (1,140).
Yankees • The grievance to overturn Alex Rodriguez's 211-game suspension began Monday before arbitrator Fredric Horowitz in New York.
Doping • Florida prosecutors have launched an investigation into the now-closed Biogenesis of America clinic at the center of Major League Baseball's latest substance abuse controversy.