Manfred has been serving as MLB's chief operating officer since
September 2013. He had reported directly to outgoing commissioner
Manfred started in 1998 working full-time for MLB. Manfred has been
instrumental in cleaning up the sport of performance enhancing drugs
as well as labor negotiations.
After much back and forth all day, Manfred secured the necessary
votes to win the job.
Manfred received 22 of 30 votes from owners earlier in the day. With
23 necessary for election, that meant Red Sox part-owner Tom Werner
received eight votes. Owners took a break Thursday afternoon but
resumed the process later in the day.
Manfred's term will begin Jan. 24, 2015.
Manfred had spent the previous 15 years as MLB's executive vice
president of labor relations.
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Athletics shortstop Jed Lowrie will be placed on the disabled list
because of a fractured right index finger.
Lowrie had been trying to play through the injury. He is expected to
miss two to three weeks.
The 30-year-old is batting .238. with five homers and 42 RBIs this
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The Pittsburg Pirates acquired right-handed reliever John Axford
from the Cleveland Indians in a waiver deal.
The Pirates will be responsible for the remaining portion of
Axford's $4.5 million contract, estimated to be $1.3 million. The
Indians do not get a player in return.
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Axford opened the season as the Indians' closer, but was replaced in May
when control problems proved his undoing. He walked 30 batters in 43 2/3
innings this season while compiling a 2-3 mark with a 3.92 ERA and 10
saves in 49 appearances.
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Joe Nathan apologized for making two obscene gestures toward frustrated
Detroit Tigers fans after his outing on Wednesday.
Nathan, the team's closer, was booed when he walked the first two
batters he faced in the ninth inning but did not allow a run in the 8-4
victory over the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates.
"Hearing it the whole inning just got the better of me and my
frustration came out," said Nathan, who has a 5.11 ERA with six blown
save opportunities. "It was bad on both parts. Frustration came out on
both sides and I apologize to the fans and apologize to my kids and I
will be better." (Editing by Gene Cherry)
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