Canseco has book on deck for spring

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While Rafael Palmeiro has endured an explosive week of criticism, the man who first publicly accused him of using steroids is busy with a another tell-all book.

Former big leaguer Jose Canseco is working on a follow-up to the incendiary Juiced, which accused several baseball stars of using steroids. The sequel, tentatively called Vindicated, will attempt to show that baseball executives knew of widespread steroid use and looked the other way.

"There will be more names, there will be managers, team doctors," said Canseco's attorney, Robert Saunooke. "There is a component of baseball that people just don't get and [Vindicated] will show what really goes on inside baseball."

Expected to be released in time for next year's spring training, Saunooke said the book would be more "insightful" than Juiced, which became the impetus for a congressional investigation into the use of performance-enhancing drugs in baseball.

In his first book, Canseco alleged he used steroids with Mark McGwire, Jason Giambi, Palmeiro, Ivan Rodriguez and Juan Gonzalez. Several players threatened to file suit, but Saunooke told the Chicago Sun-Times this week that the only thing he ever received was a nasty letter from Orioles owner Peter Angelos on behalf of Palmeiro.

"In the letter, [Angelos] threatened us with the gigantic machinery that is his law firm," Saunooke said. "I'm wondering what Peter Angelos is thinking now."

Yanks support Mazzilli

After being fired by the Orioles on Thursday morning, Lee Mazzilli called his mentor, New York Yankees manager Joe Torre, and left a message. Torre called back and "welcomed him to the club of fired managers."

Torre, who had been fired by the Mets, Braves and Cardinals before settling with the Yankees, said Mazzilli seemed to be handling the situation well.

"A lot of times you really beat yourself up," Torre said. "I didn't sense that from him. He was down about it and disappointed with it, but he also knows that's the nature of the business."

Mazzilli spent four years as the Yankees' first base coach before taking the Orioles managerial job in November 2003. He was 129-140 in 1 1/2 seasons.

"Very sad and unfortunate," said Yankees outfielder Bernie Williams. "I think he was in a situation in which he was fighting uphill from the get-go, when you get put in a situation in which you can't even pick your own coaches. To do the job that he did with the team that he had under those circumstances, that's remarkable."

Nameless in Seattle

In a span of five days, the Mariners added eight minor leaguers who hadn't previously been on the big league roster. The flurry occurred because three players were traded, one was released, one was disabled, one was demoted, one was suspended and another went on bereavement leave.

Quick hits

New York declined its $15 million, 2006 option on Williams. A career Yankee, Williams wants to play next year but wouldn't say New York is his first choice. ... Ex-Oriole Denny Bautista is learning a split-fingered pitch while on the disabled list with Kansas City. He hopes to be back by Labor Day.

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