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Lasorda to return to Dodgers in '93

Tom Lasorda and Fred Claire will be back to run the Los Angeles Dodgers next season. In 1992, the Dodgers finished last for the first time since 1905.

President Peter O'Malley ended months of speculation about the long-time manager and Claire, the executive vice president, when he made the announcement Wednesday after meeting with Lasorda and Claire.

The Dodgers finished last in the NL West this season _ nine games behind the fifth-place San Francisco Giants _ with a 63-99 record, the worst in the majors.

Reports said Lasorda might be involved with the Giants franchise if it moved from San Francisco to St. Petersburg because Vince Piazza, a good friend, will be part of the group running the team if it moves.

Lasorda has been with the Dodgers' organization for 43 years and Claire 25.

Tigers: Former NHL president John Ziegler was named an adviser for the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday. Ziegler resigned in June and will return to his Detroit law firm Dec. 1. He will assist longtime friend and new Tigers owner Mike Ilitch at all major-league owners and American League meetings, Ilitch said. Ilitch also owns the NHL's Detroit Red Wings.

Indians: Outfielder Kenny Lofton underwent surgery to remove a broken bone in his right hand Tuesday in Charlottesville, Va.

Lofton, who led the American League with 66 stolen bases in 1992, is expected to begin rehabilitation Nov. 1 and should be at full strength for the 1993 season, the team said.