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Dodgers bankruptcy case mediator appointed

Dodger Stadium is seen in this undated file photo.

October 4, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
The judge presiding over the Los Angeles Dodgers bankruptcy case has appointed a mediator in hopes of having the team and Major League Baseball settle their differences.

Bankruptcy Judge Kevin Gross has scheduled hearings beginning later this month that will likely determine the fate of the ball club.

Joseph Farnan Jr., a retired federal district judge in Delaware, has been working with the two sides since early July at the request of Gross.

This week, Gross entered an order formally appointing Farnan as a mediator, with the Dodgers and MLB Commissioner Bud Selig to split his fees. Gross says the mediation will be confidential.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.