PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The Pittsburgh Pirates have fired pitching coach Joe Kerrigan and bench coach Gary Varsho, saying they are no longer right for the staff.
The firings come as the last-place Pirates close in on a record-extending 18th consecutive losing season.
Kerrigan is a former Red Sox, Phillies and Expos pitching coach. He was replaced by his assistant, former major league pitcher Ray Searage. Varsho, a former Pirates and Phillies outfielder, was replaced by minor league field coordinator Jeff Banister.
General manager Neal Huntington said Sunday he and manager John Russell agreed the changes needed to be made. Despite winning two of the first three games of a four-game series against Colorado, the Pirates have lost 19 of 28.
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