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Doug Fister

Mariners fire general manager Jack Zduriencik

CHICAGO With the Mariners headed for yet another losing season the fifth during his tenure general manager Jack Zduriencik was relieved of his duties Friday morning. Team president Kevin Mather flew to Chicago where the Mariners are playing for the weekend and met with Zduriencik to deliver the news. "It was obviously a difficult morning," Mather told a small gathering of reporters on the road trip. "I said goodbye to a very loyal, hard-working baseball man who I considered a friend. I met with him this morning. He wasn't shocked. He thanked me for coming down, and he said he would make it easy for me. He did it all the right things and said all the right things."...