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MLB notebook: Phillies remove 'interim' tag from manager Sandberg

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By The Associated Press
Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, 6:45 p.m.

• The Phillies removed the interim tag from Ryne Sandberg on Sunday morning, signing him to manage for the next three years. Sandberg had been serving as interim manager since the Phillies fired Charlie Manuel on Aug. 16. The Phillies have gone 18-16 under Sandberg. His contract taking him through 2016 with a club option for 2017.

• Red Sox manager John Farrell said he is optimistic center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury (broken bone in right foot) will be able to return Wednesday in time to get ready for the playoffs.

• Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera was out of the starting lineup against the White Sox after leaving the previous night's game with groin soreness. Manager Jim Leyland said he's concerned about Cabrera, who is finishing up a spectacular season at the plate but has been bothered by a number of nagging injuries over the last couple months. Cabrera is hitting .349 with 44 home runs and 136 RBIs. Detroit's magic number for clinching the AL Central is two.

• Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon would like to see the wild-card playoff eventually go from one game to two out of three. For those worried about making the season longer, Maddon said playing a doubleheader during the series could be a viable option.

• Reds manager Dusty Baker said right-hander Johnny Cueto will have a 100-pitch limit when he starts Monday against the Mets. Cueto missed more than two months with a strained right lat before returning to pitch five scoreless innings last week against Houston.

— AP

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