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Marinelli out as Bears defensive coordinator

Marinelli out as Bears defensive coordinator

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) Rod Marinelli will not return as the Chicago Bears' defensive coordinator next season.

New coach Marc Trestman said Marinelli has ``made up his mind to move on.''

It was not clear Thursday who will replace him.

Trestman has been moving quickly to fill out his staff. He'll be calling plays on offense, but he brought in Aaron Kromer from New Orleans to replace Mike Tice as coordinator and serve as line coach on Wednesday while hiring Dallas' Joe DeCamillis as special teams coordinator to take over for Dave Toub.

After announcing Thursday that Marinelli would not be back, the Bears said that night they were letting Tice, Bob Babich (linebackers), Jeremy Bates (quarterbacks), Mike DeBord (tight ends), Darryl Drake (receivers), Tim Holt (offensive line) and Tim Spencer (running backs) go.

Trestman wanted to keep Marinelli, though.

``I would have hoped Rod would have stayed here,'' he said. ``We had a great conversation. We've got mutual friends that we worked with, that know each and every one of us. I don't think that was an issue, but the NFL moves quickly. We've got to do our due diligence. ... We want to get the best guy in here.''

Marinelli is a longtime friend of former coach Lovie Smith, who was fired by the Bears after they missed the playoffs for the fifth time in six seasons.

Marinelli was hired as the Bears' defensive line coach in 2009 and spent the past three seasons as coordinator. Before coming to Chicago, Marinelli went 10-38 in three years as the Detroit Lions' coach and was fired after failing to win a game in his final season.

``I think at the end, he was looking for a transition,'' general manager Phil Emery said. ``He was looking to move in a different direction. He felt he needed a fresh start and that we needed a fresh start.''

He said he thinks the Bears will have most of their staff set by the middle of next week. Trestman said he might bring in some of his assistants from Montreal.

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Washington Nationals Roundup: Nats hold Wild Card spot with win over Cardinals

Washington Nationals Roundup: Nats hold Wild Card spot with win over Cardinals

As the wild-card race continues to heat up, the Washington Nationals did themselves a favor with a Tuesday night win over the St. Louis Cardinals. The win kept the Nats in sole place of the first wild-card spot, only 1.5 games above the Cubs and Brewers. 

Here are the latest news and notes.

Player Notes:

1B Howie Kendrick was superb, hitting a triple and homer while scoring two runs of his own. Meanwhile, SP Patrick Corbin reached double-digit strikeouts in six innings pitched for the first time since July in a great performance on the mound. C Kurt Suzuki reportedly felt good after swinging a bat before the Tuesday game. He was injured Sept. 7 and is hopeful to return next week.

Injuries:

C Spencer Kieboom, elbow, 60-Day IL, 2020

C Kurt Suzuki, elbow, sidelined, day-to-day

RP Joe Ross, arm, sidelined, day-to-day

RP Roenias Elias, arm, sidelined, day-to-day

RP Austen Williams, arm, 60-Day IL, out indefinitely

1B Matt Adams, shoulder, sidelined, day-to-day

RP John Venters, shoulder, 60-Day IL, 2020

RP Koda Golder, elbow, 60-Day IL, out indefinitely

Coming Up:

Wednesday, Sept. 18: Nats at Cardinals, 1:15 p.m. at Busch Stadium

Friday, Sept. 20: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m. at Marlins Park

Saturday, Sept. 21: Nats at Marlins, 6:10 p.m. at Marlins Park

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Orioles Roundup: Baltimore falls to Toronto, 8-5

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Orioles Roundup: Baltimore falls to Toronto, 8-5

The Baltimore Orioles lost the first of their penultimate home series for the season 8-5 to the Toronto Blue Jays Tuesday night. 

Here are the latest player news and notes.

Player Updates:

OF Mason Williams crashed hastily into the back wall trying to prevent a Blue Jays score in the top of the ninth. It was 2B Cavan Biggio's line drive that ended up as a two-run triple to give the Blue Jays some cushion. That triple helped Biggio complete the cycle. Austin Hays replaced Williams while he was checked for a concussion. 

X-Ray tests came back negative for DH Renato Nunez after his left hand was hit by a pitch in Monday's loss to the Tigers. He could be back Wednesday. 

Injuries

DH Mark Trumbo, shoulder, sidelined, day-to-day

RP Hunter Harvey, biceps, sidelined, day-to-day

RP Josh Rogers, elbow, 60-Day IL, out indefinitely 

SP Alex Cobb, back, 60-Day IL, 2020

Coming Up:

Wednesday, 9/18: Blue Jays at Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Camden Yards

Thursday, 9/19: Blue Jays at Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Camden Yards

Friday, 9/19: Mariners at Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Camden Yards

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