Astros extend manager through 2013

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HOUSTON -- The Houston Astros have exercised the 2012 option on the contract of manager Brad Mills and added a club option for the 2013 season.

Mills just completed his first season as Astros manager and guided the club to a record of 76-86, a two-game improvement from the 2009 campaign. However, the team stumbled out of the gate with a dismal 17-34 mark through the first two months and rebounded to finish 59-52 over the final 111 games.

"We can't say enough about the job that Millsie has done for us," said Astros general manager Ed Wade in a statement. "He brings every quality that you look for in a successful Major League manager. All that he cares about is helping build a championship club."

The Astros, who dealt away long-time superstars Roy Oswalt and Lance Berkman during the season, were 40-33 after the All-Star break, playing most of that time with four rookies in the starting lineup.

"I feel the organization is moving in the right direction, from ownership on down," said Mills. "Our coaching staff did an outstanding job with our players. We made a lot of progress on the field this season, and I'm excited about the nucleus of talent that we have here. This is a good time for the Astros and for our fans."

The 52-year-old California native served as bench coach for the Boston Red Sox under Terry Francona for six seasons before taking the Astros job on October 27, 2009. He also worked as first-base coach for the Expos in 2003 and in that same capacity when Francona managed the Phillies from 1997-2000.

A two-time World Series winner with the Red Sox, Mills also managed for 11 seasons in the minors with affiliates for the Chicago Cubs (1987-92), Colorado Rockies (1993-96) and Los Angeles Dodgers (2002).


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