Baker won't return as Nationals manager

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WASHINGTON (AP) Dusty Baker's time as the manager of the Washington Nationals is over after two seasons, two NL East titles and zero playoff series victories.

The Nationals announced Friday that they would not be bringing Baker back. His two-year deal with the club is expiring.

The contracts for the members of Baker's coaching staff also are finished. The team said it will work with its new manager to fill those positions.

Dodgers expect SS Seager to play in WS

CHICAGO (AP) Corey Seager is expected to be in the Los Angeles Dodgers' lineup for the opener of the World Series after missing the NL Championship Series because of back pain.

Seager, an All-Star shortstop, watched from home as the Dodgers eliminated the defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs in Game 5 on Thursday night. (MORE)

Russia: US tried to bar us from Olympics

MOSCOW (AP) The Kremlin accused the U.S. government on Friday of pushing for Russia's exclusion from the Olympics.

A day after Russian President Vladimir Putin said the IOC was coming under pressure from the U.S., his spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Putin meant "state (structures), including through social and non-government organizations." (MORE)

Lin has surgery, season officially over

NEW YORK (AP) The Brooklyn Nets say Jeremy Lin has had surgery repair a ruptured patella tendon in his right knee and will miss the remainder of the season.

The procedure was performed Friday morning at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. The team says the surgery was successful and Lin is expected to make a full recovery. (MORE)

Tigers name ex-rival Gardenhire manager

DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Tigers have hired Ron Gardenhire as their manager, bringing the longtime Minnesota Twins skipper back to the AL Central to take over a team in the middle of a significant rebuilding process.

The Tigers announced the move Friday, saying Gardenhire has agreed to a three-year contract. (MORE)

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