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Astros name Tony DeFrancesco interim manager

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer
DeFrancesco named interim manager. (Getty Images)

On the heels of a relative house-cleaning Saturday night, which included the ousting of manager Brad Mills, the Astros have announced that Triple-A Oklahoma City manager Tony DeFrancesco has been promoted and is the new Houston manager. He has the job on an interim basis, so expect a broad managerial search by general manager Jeff Luhnow after the season.

The Astros have also made Ty Van Burkleo the interim hitting coach and Dan Radison the interim first-base coach.

“The goal is to find the best staff we can possibly assemble to take us to the next level,” said Luhnow in a statement. “We want to move forward and win as many games as we can the rest of this year and put ourselves in a position to have a successful 2013 and beyond.”

For DeFrancesco, it'll be his first time as a big-league skipper after a career in the minors -- 26 years in all, 17 as a manager.

"I'm really excited to be here," DeFrancesco said to "We've waited a long time to come to this level and be on a Major League team as a manager."

As a player, DeFrancesco spent nine seasons in the minors, mostly as a catcher, but never advanced past Triple-A. He then became a minor-league manager. He managed 14 years in the Athletics system before coming over to the Astros' organization two years ago. DeFrancesco was 67-60 with Oklahoma City this season.

DeFrancesco's only experience at the major-league level came in 2008, when he was the A's third-base coach.

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