Riggleman Assumes Control of Nationals

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Don't expect a lot of change with Jim Riggleman in the Washington Nationals dugout.

Riggleman held his first practice Wednesday as the interim manager of the Nationals. He praised fired manager Manny Acta in his first news conference, saying Acta "did all the right things, so there's not a lot of changes to make."

Riggleman, who was Acta's bench coach, said maybe the players will respond to a different voice.

Acta was dismissed Monday after 2½ seasons. The Nationals' 26-61
record is the worst in baseball.

This is Riggleman's fourth managerial job and the second time in two seasons he's filled in as an interim.

His Nationals debut is Thursday, when Washington opens a four-game series against the Chicago Cubs.



 
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