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“He never lost his love and his fire for the game,” Plunkett said. “Just sitting in the box with him, even though he couldn’t speak loudly, this year, he’d get his point across, telling everyone that they shouldn’t have done this or they should’ve done that. He wasn’t yelling any more. But he was still into it.”

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AP Sports Writers Chris Duncan in Houston and John Wawrow in Buffalo, N.Y., contributed to this story.