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(AP) — The Chicago Cubs began the week by changing their hitting coach.

The change of scenery back to Wrigley Field may have been just what they needed.

The Cubs have a chance for their fifth straight win at Wrigley and third in a row overall Wednesday night, but to do it they’ll likely need to provide more run support for hard-luck Matt Garza as they continue their series against the Detroit Tigers.

Returning home after a 2-8 trip, the Cubs (21-40) fired hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo on Tuesday, replacing him with minor league hitting coordinator James Rowson on an interim basis. While the club – from general manager Theo Epstein to manager Dale Sveum to the players – insisted Jaramillo was not to blame, Chicago compiled a .247 batting average and .304 on-base percentage under his tutelage, scoring two runs or fewer in 22 of 60 games.

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