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October 27, 2009 at 2:23 PM

Mills leaves Sox bench to manage Astros

Brad Mills, the only man to have served as Terry Francona's bench coach in Boston, is leaving town to become the new manager of the Houston Astros. Mills, who was also Francona's bench coach in Philadelphia, takes over for interim head coach Dave Clark. Clark took over the team after Cecil Cooper was fired by the Astros on September 21, guiding the team to a 4-9 record to finish the season.

A Major League veteran of four seasons in the early 1980s with the Montréal Expos, Mills managed for eleven seasons in the minor leagues with the Cubs, Rockies and Dodgers organizations prior to coming on board with Boston in 2004. This will be his first Major League managerial position. His son, Beau Mills, was the Cleveland Indians' first-round pick in the 2007 MLB Draft and finished last season with the Double-A Akron Aeros.