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Bob Graziano was fired as president and chief executive officer of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and his boss said the team's awful record wasn't a factor.

Graziano, 41, has been with the team since January 1986.

The Dodgers began the day 74-82 and are assured of their first losing season since 1992.

"This absolutely is not a consideration at all," said Rick Welts, the president of Fox Entertainment Group, who announced the firing.

Walker to undergo surgery

DENVER -- Larry Walker, the Colorado Rockies outfielder en route to his second consecutive National League batting title with a .379 average, will have surgery Thursday to repair a frayed miniscus in his left knee.

Ex-outfielder arrested

DETROIT -- Former Detroit Tigers outfielder Ron LeFlore avoided 45 days in jail on charges he failed to make child support payments.

LeFlore, 51, was arrested Monday after Tiger Stadium's closing ceremonies on charges he failed to pay more than $50,000 in back child support to DeBorah Lewis of Detroit. He was ordered to pay $3,000 or go to jail.

"He evidently paid it or made arrangements for payment," a Wayne County Sheriffs Department spokesman said.

Cards' McGee to retire

ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Willie McGee indicated that he'll retire at the end of the season.

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