Rangers fire Banister after 4 seasons

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Texas Rangers fired manager Jeff Banister on Friday, more than a week before the end of what will be the team's first consecutive losing seasons in 10 years.

Bench coach Don Wakamatsu will serve as interim manager for the remainder of the season, starting with Friday night's game against Seattle that opens the final home series of a disappointing year.

Banister, hired after the 2014 season, had a 325-313 record in his first managerial job. The Rangers won the AL West title in each of his first two seasons (2015-16), then lost to Toronto in the AL Division Series both times.

Cubs' Russell on leave after abuse claim

CHICAGO (AP) Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell was placed on administrative leave Friday following fresh allegations of domestic violence by his ex-wife.

Last year, Melisa Reidy posted a photo on her Instagram account with a caption suggesting her husband of about 18 months had been unfaithful to her. In another post, a user - described by Melisa as a close friend - made the accusation that Russell had "hit" his wife. The post was later deleted. Russell denied the allegation and the two were soon divorced. (MORE)

Eagles RBs Ajayi, Sproles out vs. Colts

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Eagles won't have running backs Jay Ajayi and Darren Sproles for Sunday's game against Indianapolis and Corey Clement is questionable.

Ajayi missed practice all week because of a back injury suffered in last week's 27-21 loss at Tampa Bay. Sproles already missed one game with a hamstring injury. Clement appeared on the injury report for the first time Friday with a quadriceps injury. (MORE)

Jags list Fournette, Ramsey questionable

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Jacksonville Jaguars running backs Leonard Fournette and T.J. Yeldon are among five players listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Tennessee.

Fournette missed last week's victory against New England because of a strained right hamstring and was limited in practice this week. Yeldon, who led the team with 58 yards rushing against the Patriots, was limited all week because of an ankle injury. (MORE)

Tribe's Bauer to return vs. BoSox's Sale

CLEVELAND -- Trevor Bauer will take the mound Friday night for the first time in more than a month as the Cleveland Indians host the Boston Red Sox in the first contest of a three-game series at Progressive Field.

Both teams have clinched their respective divisions, but the game is still important for both, considering the starting pitchers: Bauer and Boston's Chris Sale. They were leading candidates for the Cy Young Award when they went on the disabled list, almost simultaneously, six weeks ago. (MORE)

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