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Astros shake up coaching staff

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After finishing the 2013 season with 111 losses and a 15-game losing streak, the Houston Astros made several changes on their coaching staff.

Pitching coach Doug Brocail will become a special assistant to general mangager Jeff Luhnow and a senior pitching adviser, and first base coach Dave Clark and bullpen coach Dennis Martinez were dismissed, the team announced.

First-year manager Bo Porter will be back next season.

"It was a tough year on the field this year at the major league level despite the significant progress in continuing to build our player pipeline," Luhnow told "Bo and I discussed how we can improve next year and came to the conclusion that bringing in a few new and different voices would help."

The 46-year-old Brocail took over as Houston's interim pitching coach in June 2011 and served in the position for the past two years.

"In Doug's new role, he will assist me in overseeing and guiding our pitchers and pitching coaches across the organization," Luhnow told "His experience these last three years as a major league pitching coach combined with his many years as a player makes him ideal for this role."

Clark, 51, had worked as the Astros' third base coach for four seasons and the first base coach this year.

Martinez, 58, joined the Astros this season after working as a pitching coach for six years in the St. Louis Cardinals' organization.

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