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A Few Words With Jeffrey Loria


  Caught up with Jeffrey Loria inside the clubhouse after tonight's game, and the owner of the Marlins, in what were his first public comments since the firing of manager Fredi Gonzalez on Wednesday, made it sound as he is in no rush to name a replacement.

   "Gotta make sure we get the right guy," Loria said after the Marlins lost for the second time in three games under interim manager Edwin Rodriguez.

    Asked if he expected to conduct a face-to-face interview on Saturday with Bobby Valentine, who is considered to be the leading candidate for the job, Loria replied: "I don't expect him to be here tomorrow."

    Asked if he thought it could take a week or longer to put a permanent manager in place, Loria replied: "It'll take as long as it takes, until we come to a conclusion."

  Valentine said in an email earlier tonight that he expected to talk by phone with the Marlins.

  "Have not spoken today," Valentine wrote at 7 p.m. "Plan to soon. The process needs a little more time."

   Don't be surprised to see Rodriguez, the first native of Puerto Rico to manage in the big leagues, to remain at the helm through the upcoming Mets series in his home country, with Thursday's off day looking as a potential day for the naming of a permanent manager.

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