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MLB picks ex-Rangers exec to run Dodgers

NEW YORK — Former Rangers president J. Thomas Schieffer was hired by commissioner Bud Selig on Monday to run the Dodgers, less than a week after Major League Baseball took over operation of the franchise from owner Frank McCourt.

Schieffer, younger brother of Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer, took over immediately. In seizing control of the franchise, MLB told the Dodgers that any expenditure of $5,000 or more would have to be approved.

Schieffer, 63, served three terms in the Texas House of Representatives in the 1970s after being elected at age 25. President George W. Bush appointed him ambassador to Australia in 2001, a job held until he became ambassador to Japan from 2005 to 2009. In business, Schieffer managed investments in oil and gas.

"Tom is a distinguished public servant who has represented the nation with excellence and has demonstrated extraordinary leadership throughout his career," Selig said in a statement.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said the appointment wouldn't affect his team's approach.

Meanwhile, Dodgers C and former Ray Dioner Navarro, out since mid March with a strained oblique, was activated from the disabled list. C A.J. Ellis was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque.

DUKES ARRESTED: Troubled former Rays OF Elijah Dukes was arrested Sunday on an exit ramp of I-75 in Tampa and charged with driving with a suspended or revoked driver's license. Dukes, 26, was released from Hillsborough County Jail on a $250 bond.

A'S: RH reliever Michael Wuertz was activated from the 15-day disabled list, and LHP Bobby Cramer was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento.

D'BACKS: INF Willie Bloomquist went on the disabled list with a strained hamstring. Former Rays INF Josh Wilson was called up from Triple-A Reno.

PHILLIES: A second exam on RH reliever Jose Contreras' strained right forearm was "more positive" than the first, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. An MRI exam is scheduled for today.

RANGERS: RHP Brandon Webb, still trying to come back from right shoulder surgery in 2009, needed 16 pitches to get through two perfect innings in an extended spring training game. RHP Tommy Hunter, who sustained a right groin strain in spring training, threw live batting practice.

YANKEES: RHP Phil Hughes, on the disabled list because of a "dead arm," had a setback in his rehabilitation, cutting short a bullpen session after about a dozen pitches.

MLB picks ex-Rangers exec to run Dodgers 04/25/11 [Last modified: Monday, April 25, 2011 9:18pm]
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