Sports and my thoughts

Thursday, June 30, 2005

Sports: Steinbrenner starts firing

The first two people to get cut, Mike Stanton and Paul Qnantrill.

Veteran relievers Paul Quantrill and Mike Stanton appear to have pitched their last games for the Yankees. Hoping to make their bullpen younger, the Yankees could release or trade both on Thursday, the New York Times reported.

Quantrill and Stanton shook hands and exchanged hugs with teammates and club personnel after Wednesday night's rainout at Camden Yards. Quantrill would not comment after leaving the clubhouse, and Stanton said, "You can read between the lines."

According to the Times, Yankees manager Joe Torre kept the clubhouse closed to reporters for about 15 minutes after the game was called. He said he had spoken with general manager Brian Cashman about reducing the Yankees' pitching staff to 11 from 12.

On Wednesday, the Yankees promoted the right-hander Jason Anderson from Triple-A Columbus and sent down outfielder Kevin Reese. The move gave the team 12 pitchers, and it was necessary for two reasons: Wednesday's scheduled starter, Mike Mussina, was ill, and setup man Tom Gordon was unavailable after working two innings Tuesday.

Not really suprised, both pitchers have sucked this year.


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