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Manfred hopeful of MLB labor deal by start of December

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred is hopeful an agreement on a new labor contract will be reached before the current deal expires Dec. 1.

Negotiators for management and the players' association have been meeting in New York this week. The 2006 contract was announced during the World Series and the 2011 agreement on Nov. 22.

"There are certain natural deadlines that kind of flow around the end of the World Series and then through the expiration date of the agreement," Manfred said Wednesday before Game 2. "Each of the last couple of times we've either gotten it done during the World Series or a few days afterwards. I remain optimistic that we're going to be...