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Indians Fire Manny Acta

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Cleveland Indians fired manager Manny Acta on Thursday, with the team having posted a record of 21-50 thus far in the second half of the season.

The Indians were within three games of first place on July 21 before the landslide. They went 5-24 in August and now sit last in the A.L. Central.

"Manny's passion for the game, positive attitude and tremendous knowledge of baseball helped guide us to a number of high points during his tenure," Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said in a statement. "Managerial changes are never easy or taken lightly, but as we approached the end of the season and turned our attention to assessing the year, we determined a change was necessary."

Acta was 214-266 in nearly three seasons with the club. He led them to 80 wins in 2011 but the club's performance in the second half didn't help Acta's cause.

Bench coach Sandy Alomar, Jr., a former Indians All-Star catcher, will replace Acta for the final six games of 2012. He's a possibility for the manager's role in 2013.

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