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Tuesday June 12th, 2012

Cubs hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo was fired on Tuesday. The Cubs are at the bottom of the NL in most offensive categories. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The Chicago Cubs anemic offense cost hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo his job after being with the team the past three seasons.

Jaramillo was replaced by James Rowson, who is the Cubs' Minor League hitting coordinator.

The Cubs are 10th in the National League in team batting average, hitting at a .247 clip, rank 14th in runs scored and are hitting .232 with runners in scoring position.

"The bottom line is you have to believe you can hit when you go to the plate and feel good about yourself," Jaramillo said after the Cubs 11-3 defeat to the Minnesota Twins on Saturday, "and that's what we're trying to do is make them feel good about themselves for the next day and move on and keep a good positive attitude and be there for them and keep chugging along." The Cubs are 20-40 this season, 12.5 games back of division leaders Cincinnati and Pittsburgh.

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