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GM Minaya says Manuel's job with Mets is safe

LOS ANGELES (AP) — New York Mets general manager Omar Minaya says Jerry Manuel's job is safe despite the team's 8-16 record in its last 24 games.

The Mets opened a four-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday night having lost three in a row. They were second in the NL East, seven games behind Atlanta.

Slumping badly at the plate, New York entered 1-6 on its 11-game road trip and has had only one winning trip this season, from June 11-20 at Baltimore, Cleveland and the Yankees.

Minaya said he's very happy with the job Manuel is doing, and that it's not right to discuss the manager's status after a losing streak.

Manuel's two-year contract expires at season's end. He was named interim manager in June 2008, then got the job full-time after that season. The Mets were 70-92 in his first full season at the helm in 2009.

Manuel was talking with reporters when Minaya came by the dugout. The manager joked to Minaya that he had told the media he signed a two-year extension Thursday.

"Jerry Manuel's our manager and will be our manager," Minaya said.