Astros retires GM Click after World Series title

Houston Astros general manager James Click will not be given a new contract, a highly unusual move the team announced on Friday — just six days after winning the World Series.

Hired by the Tampa Bay Rays ahead of the 2020 season, Click appeared increasingly distant from owner Jim Crane.

Click, 44, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

This is believed to be the first general manager change following a World Series title since 1947, when the Yankees replaced Larry MacPhail with George Weiss.

Click said Tuesday at general managers’ meetings in Las Vegas that his contract expired on Oct. 31 and the situation had not been addressed.

Click spent 14 years with the Rays, initially as a baseball operations coordinator before becoming the team’s director of baseball research and development and director of baseball operations. He spent three seasons as the vice president of baseball operations before Houston hired him.

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Finau cards 62, leads by 4 shots in Houston

Tony Finau finished his opening round with a string of birdies, then carried the momentum straight into Friday by making 10 birdies to match his career low with an 8-under par 62 to take a big lead at the Houston Open to build the PGA Tour.

He was among the early starters at 13-under 127 and four shots ahead of Stanford alum Patrick Rodgers (63). Poor weather forecast halted play for the remainder of Friday.

• Maria Fassi sped across the rain-soaked Pelican Golf Club and rode a smooth putting shot to an 8-under-62, her career low on the LPGA Tour, earning her an early two-shot at the Pelican Women’s Championship in Belleair, Fla .

• PGA Tour Champions leader Steven Alker had his second consecutive round without a bogey at the Charles Schwab Championship in Phoenix, a 7-under-64 tournament that closed a one-shot lead over Padraig Harrington.

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