Around baseball: Selig’s successor could be named Thursday

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Retiring Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig hopes to introduce his successor soon — perhaps as soon as Thursday.

Baseball’s 30 owners will meet in Baltimore this week to vote on Selig’s replacement. A seven-man committee trimmed an expansive list to three candidates: MLB chief operating officer Rob Manfred; Boston Red Sox chairman Tom Werner; and MLB executive vice president of business Tim Brosnan.

“The process has worked just the way I thought it would,” Selig, 80, said yesterday. “I gave them a great list of names, and these names were on it.”

To win Thursday’s vote, a candidate must receive approval from 23 owners.

LAST NIGHT’S HIGHLIGHTS

Pirates 4, Tigers 2: Edinson Volquez allowed two runs over six innings and host Pittsburgh jumped on Detroit early. Volquez (10-7) improved to 6-1 in his past seven decisions.

Travis Snider went 2 for 4 with an RBI for the Pirates. Gaby Sanchez and Ike Davis added RBI doubles and Jordy Mercer chipped in a run-scoring single. Mark Melancon worked out of a two-on, one-out jam for his 22nd save.

Athletics 11, Royals 3: Jon Lester pitched six strong innings and Josh Donaldson homered twice and drove in four runs as Oakland snapped host Kansas City’s eight-game winning streak.

Marlins 3, Cardinals 0: Jarred Cosart pitched seven innings in a duel with Adam Wainwright to earn his first victory for host Miami. Wainwright missed a chance to became the first 15-game winner in the majors.

Dodgers 4, Braves 2: Dan Haren pitched six solid innings and sparked the go-ahead rally with a single, leading Los Angeles over host Atlanta, which has lost 11 of it past 13 games.

Cubs 3, Brewers 0: Rookie Kyle Hendricks pitched 71/3 innings of six-hit ball in his third consecutive win, and host Chicago cooled off Milwaukee’s Wily Peralta.

Verlander to miss start

Detroit pitcher Justin Verlander has inflammation in his right shoulder. Manager Brad Ausmus said an MRI on Verlander’s shoulder revealed no structural damage but the Cy Young winner likely will miss at least one start.

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