Mazzone ousted as pitching coach of Orioles

BALTIMORE -- Leo Mazzone was fired as pitching coach of the Baltimore Orioles on Friday, less than two weeks after completing his second season with a struggling staff.

Mazzone worked wonders with the Atlanta Braves from June 1990 through the end of the 2005 season but could not duplicate that success with the Orioles. Baltimore ranked 29th among 30 teams with a 5.17 ERA and yielded more walks (696) than any major league club.

"I spoke with Leo today and told him I appreciated his efforts here," Orioles manager Dave Trembley said. "Moving forward, I felt that we would be better served with someone else working with our young staff and that it was in his best interests and our best interests to give him an opportunity to look elsewhere now."

Mazzone, who turns 59 on Tuesday, had one year left on the three-year contract he signed before the 2006 season. He was lured from Atlanta by then-Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo, a longtime friend who was fired on June 18.

• Dusty Baker has interviewed with the Cincinnati Reds for their vacant managing job, according to a person within the organization familiar with the search.

Baker was out of baseball last season, but is eager to get back into managing. In an interview with The Associated Press this summer, he said he would wait for "the right spot" in picking his next job.

The Reds are coming off their seventh straight losing season, their longest such slump in a half-century, and are looking to develop stability in an organization that has had two owners, three general managers and four managers since 2003.

• WINTHROP BASEBALL -- Winthrop will play intrasquad scrimmages today and Sunday at The Winthrop Ballpark.

Today's game begins at 2:30 p.m. and Sunday's is at 4:45 p.m. All games are open to the public.

• WOMEN'S SOCCER -- Goalkeeper Hope Solo missed the workout but is back on the U.S. women's soccer roster. Make no mistake, though: All is not forgotten.

"We're initiating a process of reconciliation, and in doing that you can't mandate reconciliation," coach Greg Ryan said Friday. "This isn't a made for Hollywood love story, this is a real story, and we're all working at that."

This was the team's first practice since Solo triggered a flap over playing time during the World Cup last month.