MLB notebook: Report: Commissioner candidates down to three
• Major League Baseball identified three finalists to replace commissioner Bud Selig and will vote on the successor Aug. 14, a high-ranking MLB executive with direct knowledge of the hiring process told USA Today. The owners, according to the executive, will choose between Rob Manfred, MLB's chief operating officer; Tim Brosnan, MLB's executive vice president of business and Red Sox chairman Tom Werner.
• Brewers right-hander Matt Garza was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Monday, with a left oblique strain. The Brewers have not announced a timetable for a potential return for Garza, who left his start early Sunday with the injury. Garza, 30, is 7-7 with a 3.58 ERA.
• Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino will undergo surgery on his lower back Tuesday, and the operation likely means the end of his season. Victorino has played in just 30 games this year, spending three stints on the disabled list.
• Yankees starter CC Sabathia said he had a bone spur removed from his right knee when he had season-ending surgery on his right knee last Thursday. But the 34-year-old left-hander also said a more serious microfracture surgery has been ruled out and expressed confidence that he'll be healthy enough to pitch for the Yankees next season.
• Adding a third left-hander to a suddenly shaky relief corps, the Nationals claimed Matt Thornton off waivers from the Yankees. The 37-year-old Thornton went 0-3 with a 2.55 ERA in 24 2⁄3 innings across 46 appearances with the Yankees this season.
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