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Ricketts Says GM to Decide Manager's Fate
MESA, Ariz. (AP) _ New Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts says he will continue to let GM Jim Hendry run all aspects of baseball operations, including any decisions regarding manager Lou Piniella's future beyond this season.

Ricketts also said Thursday that money should be available if Hendry and Piniella want to add players as the trading deadline approaches.

He said he likes this year's team and can't wait for his first home opener as owner. A lifelong Cubs fan, Ricketts will be in Atlanta for Monday's season opener but wishes he could "fast forward" to the April 12 game at Wrigley Field.

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