Reds Replace Narron with Mackanin

CINCINNATI (AP) - The Cincinnati Reds have turned to Pete Mackanin (mah-KAN'-in) in hopes of turning their dismal season around.

The Reds promoted Mackanin to manager to try to jolt the major leagues' worst team out of its doldrums. The Reds fired manager Jerry Narron on Sunday, barely a year after he got a two-year contract extension.

Mackanin will be the fourth manager since Cincinnati moved into Great American Ball Park in 2003. The franchise also has been through two owners and three general managers during that whirlwind, five-year span.

Reds owner Bob Castellini says you can conclude that baseball is a tough business.

His team has a 31-and-51 record and is in last place in the weak N-L Central. And, attendance is down.

Mackanin will manage his first big league game tonight when the Reds host Barry Bonds and the San Francisco Giants.

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