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Showalter 'benches' 3B coach Russell

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BALTIMORE (AP) - John Russell has been relieved of his job as the Baltimore Orioles' third base coach, trading positions with bench coach Willie Randolph.

The switch comes left than one week after Russell sent pitcher Chris Jakubauskas home with no outs against Washington. Jakubauskas was running from first base on a double by J.J. Hardy and was tagged out after an awkward slide.

Russell acknowledged Friday that his decision to send the pitcher "backfired."

Manager Buck Showalter, however, insisted Russell was moved to bench coach because he has a sore knee and can provide advice to catchers Matt Wieters and Craig Tatum between innings.

It's the latest change in Baltimore's unsettled coaching staff. Pitcher coach Mark Connor resigned on June 14, four days after bullpen coach Alan Dunn left for LSU.

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