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ATLANTA (AP) John Schuerholz completed what he called "the best negotiation of my entire career" by convincing his longtime friend John Hart to accept the role of president of baseball operations.

With Hart taking the newly created title on Thursday, the Braves aren't looking for a general manager. The 66-year-old Hart agreed to a three-year contract that will continue through the team's first season at its new stadium in Cobb County.

Hart became interim general manager Sept. 22. The team had sought a full-time replacement for Frank Wren, who was fired last month after a 79-83 finish this season.

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Lincecum to be available for Game 3

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) San Francisco Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum has no structural damage in his tight back and is expected to be available when the World Series resumes with Game 3 on Friday night.

"That's the plan," athletic trainer Dave Groeschner said via text message late Thursday with word an MRI exam on Lincecum's back was all clear.

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World Series moves to AT&T Park tied 1-1

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Eric Hosmer loaded up, launched a long fly and watched it sail toward McCovey Cove. Way out there in right field, near the 421-foot mark, the ball bonked off the brick wall.

No splash shot.

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Hudson faces Guthrie in pivotal Game 3

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) In the middle of a champagne-and-beer-soaked clubhouse after the San Francisco Giants won the NL Championship Series, Tim Hudson was given the chance to speak to his team.

The message was as simple as Hudson's approach on the mound: "World Series, baby!"

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Giants RHP Strickland sorry for actions

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Hunter Strickland apologized Thursday for the way he handled himself in Game 2 of the World Series after allowing yet another postseason home run.

Strickland caused the benches to clear Wednesday night when he shouted at Kansas City's Salvador Perez after allowing a two-run homer in the sixth inning to Omar Infante in San Francisco's 7-2 loss.

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Phillies, Sizemore agree on $2M contract

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Phillies and Grady Sizemore have agreed to a one year, $2 million contract.

The team announced the contract, which includes performance bonuses, on Thursday. Sizemore would have been eligible for free agency after the World Series.

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Diamondbacks add Minniti as assistant GM

PHOENIX (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks added Bryan Minniti as assistant general manager and Mike Russell as professional scouting coordinator Thursday.

Minniti spent the last five seasons as the Washington Nationals' assistant general manager. Russell worked on the Detroit Tigers' scouting staff since 2002.

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Mets hire ex-Yankees hitting coach Long

NEW YORK (AP) The New York Mets hired Kevin Long as hitting coach Thursday.

The 47-year-old Long spent the last eight seasons as the Yankees' hitting coach.

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Red Sox hire A's Davis as hitting coach

BOSTON (AP) The Boston Red Sox have hired Chili Davis as their hitting coach.

Davis held that job with the Oakland Athletics the past three seasons and with Boston's top minor-league team at Triple-A Pawtucket in 2011. In a 19-year playing career as an outfielder and designated hitter, Davis was a three-time All-Star.

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Brewers hire Coles as hitting coach

MILWAUKEE (AP) Darnell Coles is the new hitting coach for the Milwaukee Brewers, a team that missed the playoffs in large part because of problems at the plate.

Coles returns to Milwaukee after spending this season as the assistant hitting coach for the Detroit Tigers. Coles previously worked in the Brewers organization as the team's Double-A manager from 2012-13, and as minor league hitting coordinator in 2011.

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