Sports briefs: Series ball missing again

Another Boston Red Sox title, another game-ending ball mystery. Catcher Jason Varitek had the ball following the strikeout of Colorado’s Seth Smith to complete the four-game sweep, but he said he later gave it to closer Jonathan Papelbon. However, Papelbon’s agent said the pitcher doesn’t know where it is. Maybe someone should ask Doug Mientkiewicz.

Torre, Dodgers still talking

Los Angeles Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti admitted to having talks with Joe Torre about the former New York Yankees skipper becoming the manager at Chavez Ravine. However, Colletti disputed reports there is an agreement already in place. “I’ve watched stuff in the last 72 hours that I can’t believe I’m watching,” the former Giants assistant GM said. “I can tell you we do not have an agreement. I’ve seen more inaccuracy than I can ever remember.” Grady Little resigned as the Dodgers’ manager Tuesday, paving the way for Torre, seemingly the only real candidate, to take the job just two weeks after his exit from the Bronx. Colletti said he was aware of baseball’s directive regarding minorities being interviewed for open managerial jobs, but wouldn’t say whether the Dodgers would honor the request. “We’re taking it into consideration. We’ll see how things go,” he said.

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