Marlins owner Loria not giving up on team




CHICAGO (AP) — Florida Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria isn’t counting out his team.

Loria says “anything can happen,” and he’s not ruling out a jump into playoff contention. The Marlins entered Friday’s game against the Chicago Cubs last in the NL East at 44-48, 131/2 games out in the division and 10 back in the wild card. They have been playing better lately with a season high six straight wins after a miserable June that included a 1-19 stretch in which Edwin Rodriguez resigned and 80-year-old Jack McKeon replaced him on an interim basis as manager.

Loria says there’s a chance McKeon could be brought back as manager next season, adding that experience will be a requirement for the job.