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Orioles dump Trembley, then get shut out by Boston's Buchholz

Dave Trembley was fired Friday as manager of the Baltimore Orioles, who have the worst record in the major leagues and are staggering toward a franchise-record 13th consecutive losing season.

Third-base coach Juan Samuel was appointed interim manager by president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail.

Samuel's first game did not go well. Kevin Youkilis, Adrian Beltre and Marco Scutaro homered and Clay Buchholz (8-3) pitched a five-hit shutout as Boston rolled, 11-0, Friday night in Baltimore. Chris Tillman (0-1) allowed four runs in 11/3 innings for the Orioles, who are 15-40, the worst record in the majors.

"What you're hoping to accomplish when you make a change like this is, you're hoping to ignite a spark, give everybody a clean slate," MacPhail said. "Sort of get out of that drumbeat of what's going to happen day-to-day and just give everybody a fresh start."

The Orioles opened with 16 losses in 18 games, have lost nine straight and are coming off an 0-6 road trip in which they were outscored 34-8 in Toronto and at Yankee Stadium.

"The results on the field were not what any of us would have hoped for, and I understand that the organization felt the time was right to move in a different direction," Trembley said in a statement. "While I am disappointed at the outcome, I feel it was a privilege to wear the Orioles uniform each day."

Trembley is the second manager to be fired this season. Trey Hillman was dismissed by Kansas City on May 13.

"This is a negative reflection on the entire baseball operations department, starting with me," MacPhail said. "Nobody believes the reason we have the record we have is somehow Dave Trembley's fault or that making this change is going to magically solve all the issues and problems we have."

Phillies 3, Padres 2

Shane Victorino hit a two-run homer in the third inning and Mat Latos walked in the go-ahead run in the fifth as Roy Halladay (8-3) allowed two runs and 10 hits in seven innings for host Philadelphia.

Around the leagues

Indians centerfielder Grady Sizemore will miss the remainder of the season after microfracture surgery Friday on his left knee . . . The San Francisco Giants have purchased Pat Burrell's contract from Triple-A Fresno, three weeks after the outfielder was released by Tampa Bay. Burrell hit .313 (5 for 16) with one homer and six RBIs in five Fresno games.- AP

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