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MLB notebook: Owners meet to elect new commissioner

| Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, 7:42 p.m.

The three candidates in Major League Baseball's first contested election for a new commissioner in 46 years made presentations to the 30 teams Wednesday, a day ahead of the vote.

MLB chief operating officer Rob Manfred, Red Sox chairman Tom Werner and MLB executive vice president of business Tim Brosnan addressed team executives at a hotel a few blocks from Camden Yards in Baltimore in attempts to gain the 23 votes needed to replace Bud Selig in January.

They spoke for about an hour apiece, and the owners attended an evening reception at the B&O Warehouse behind the ballpark's right-field wall. The executives will split into three groups of 10 for question-and-answer sessions Thursday before the vote, which will take place by secret written ballot. A three-quarters majority is needed for election.

“That certainly is the goal,” Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner said. “That's why we're all here.”

Manfred was estimated to have the support of 20-21 teams headed into the meetings, Werner of about six and Brosnan one: the Reds. There is no limit to the number of ballots, and it remained possible no one would gain election.

Werner is supported by White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf and Angels owner Arte Moreno. Other teams have said Reinsdorf wants a commissioner who will take a harsher stance in labor negotiations for the deal to replace the collective bargaining agreement that expires after the 2016 season.

Selig, 80, has ruled baseball since September 1992, first as chairman of baseball's executive council and since July 1998 as commissioner.

Orioles put 3B Machado on DL

Orioles third baseman Manny Machado was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right knee ligament, an injury far less serious than originally feared.

An MRI on Tuesday revealed the 2013 Gold Glove recipient has a sprained ligament. If all goes well, he could be back for the final month of the season.

“Obviously, it's a great relief,” Machado said.

Elbow lands Rangers ace Darvish on DL

Right-hander Yu Darvish was placed on the 15-day DL because of inflammation in his right elbow.

The move was retroactive to Sunday, a day after he allowed six runs and nine hits over four innings in a loss at Texas.

Werth faces reckless driving charge

Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth was charged with misdemeanor reckless driving after being stopped July 6 for going 105 mph in a 55 mph zone, according to multiple reports.

The incident took place in Fairfax County, Va., according to online court documents. Werth's original hearing was continued to Nov. 12.

Swisher to get 2nd opinion on knee

Indians designated hitter Nick Swisher will have a second opinion on his sore right knee Tuesday in Los Angeles.

Swisher will visit Dr. Neal S. ElAttrache, the team physician for the Dodgers. A determination on whether Swisher needs surgery could be made at that time.

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