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Marlins fire manager Gonzalez, two coaches

BALTIMORE (Reuters) - Florida Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez and two of his coaches have been fired, the team said on Wednesday in a bid to salvage the season and make a run at the playoffs after falling short last year.

Gonzalez, who compiled a 276-279 record in just over three seasons with the team, will be replaced by minor league manager Edwin Rodriguez on an interim basis.

The Marlins, coming off a win in Baltimore, got off to a 34-36 start this year and are in fourth place in the National League East division, seven and a half games out of first.

"We believe we can do better and be better," Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria said in a statement. "Everyone knows how I feel about winning. That's the reason we're making this change."

Gonzalez, who signed a two-year extension through 2011 last season after becoming the all-time franchise winner as manager, is the third Major League Baseball manager fired this year. The Kansas City Royals fired their manager in May and the Baltimore Orioles did the same earlier this month.

Marlins bench coach Carlos Tosca and hitting coach Jim Presley also were fired.

(Writing by Gene Cherry in Raleigh, North Carolina; Editing by Frank Pingue)

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