D-backs fire hitting coaches after losing 30 of 35 games

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PHOENIX (AP)The Arizona Diamondbacks fired hitting coach Darnell Coles and assistant hitting coach Eric Hinske on Thursday with the team struggling to score runs during a brutal stretch in which it has lost 30 of 35 games.

The Diamondbacks named co-hitting coaches to replace them. Rick Short was promoted from Triple-A Reno and Drew Hedman was Arizona’s run production coordinator.

Arizona has a majors-worst 20-43 record. The D-backs have lost a franchise record 19 straight road games.

Their veteran-led lineup – including Ketel Marte, David Peralta, Nick Ahmed and Eduardo Escobar – has struggled to produce, especially over the last two weeks. Arizona had two hits in a 4-0 loss to Oakland on Wednesday.

The D-backs are batting .231 as a team and scored just 12 runs over their most recent six-game trip.

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