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Torre’s interest in Mets irks Manuel

Soon-to-be-retiring Dodgers manager Joe Torre apologized Tuesday for saying he was curious about the New York Mets job, a comment that offended Mets manager Jerry Manuel.

“It certainly wasn’t my intention of doing that and making people believe that I wanted to manage the Mets,” Torre said.

Torre has managed the Dodgers for three years but is stepping down after this season. He told WFAN radio in New York on Monday that he is “curious” about managing the Mets in 2011.

However, Manuel remains New York’s manager.

“I find it also curious when someone comments about a job that someone already has,” Manuel said. “I don’t know him on a personal basis, but when things like that come out, you question the integrity.”

When asked if he felt Torre’s comments were disrespectful because Manuel currently holds the job, Manuel replied, “Sure, no question.”

Torre said he wouldn’t go to New York because of his history with the Yankees.

“I’m closing the door on managing the Mets, and probably everybody else,” he said. “I don’t want to mislead anybody.”

MEDWICK, SPEAKER AND MARKAKIS

With his two doubles Monday against Boston, Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis put himself among impressive company.

Markakis become the third player to hit 43 or more doubles in four consecutive seasons. The other two – Joe Medwick (1935-1939) and Tris Speaker (1920-1923) – are in the Hall of Fame.

SHORT HOPS

Josh Hamilton hopes to return to the Rangers’ lineup before the end of the regular season despite tests Tuesday revealing the Texas slugger has two broken ribs. Hamilton hasn’t played for the Rangers since crashing into a wall while making a catch Sept. 4 at Minnesota. ... The Twins said a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) on reigning AL MVP Joe Mauer’s sore left knee shows tissue inflammation but no structural damage. ... The Cardinals released infielder Felipe Lopez, a day after he was late arriving for a game against Florida. ... Cubs outfielder Tyler Colvin remained in stable condition in a Miami hospital after part of a broken bat punctured his chest Sunday. ... Padres infielder Jerry Hairston Jr. is going back on the disabled list and will miss at least four weeks with a stress fracture in his right tibia, barely a week after he came off the DL with a strained right elbow. ... The Padres hired A.J. Hinch, who was fired as Arizona’s manager on July 2, as vice president of professional scouting. ... Cincinnati’s Jim Edmonds injured his right leg running the bases after a solo home run in the second inning against Milwaukee and did not return. ... Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez is surrendering today, two weeks earlier that planned, to face charges that he violated a judge’s order not to contact his girlfriend.

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