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By PETER SCHMUCK and PETER SCHMUCK,SUN STAFF | February 24, 1997
TAMPA, Fla. -- It could happen again. The New York Yankees could reformulate the winning chemistry that carried them to their first World Series championship since 1978 and replicate their magical 1996 season.It could happen because the '96 roster is largely intact -- with a couple of notable exceptions -- and because there still is the potential for improvement in several areas and because nobody is going to count out manager Joe Torre after last year.It could happen because pitching ace David Cone should be healthy all year, 21-game winner Andy Pettitte is a year older and Mariano Rivera could be ready to emerge as one of the best closers in the game.
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August 15, 2000
Quote: "I'm closing for John Wetteland. He went back to being a starter." - pitcher Mike Lamb, working on a crossword puzzle left by the Rangers closer It's a fact: The home run by the Devil Rays' Miguel Cairo was his first since July 20, 1999. Who's hot: The Tigers' Brian Moehler has allowed one walk or less in 14 of 20 starts and is third in the American League at 1.63 walks per nine innings. Who's not: The Rangers are eight games below .500 for the first time since the end of the 1997 season.
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April 6, 1998
Hitting Orlando Merced, Twins: 3 RBIs.Nomar Garciaparra, Red Sox: 4 RBIs, home run.David Justice, Indians: 3 hits, 3 RBIs, home run.Rafael Palmeiro, Orioles: 3-for-4, 3 RBIs.PitchingEric Milton, Twins: 6 innings, 0 runs, 6 hits in major-league debut.John Wetteland, Rangers: Retired all 4 batters for save.Wilson Alvarez, Devil Rays: 6 2/3 innings, 0 runs, 3 hits.Pub Date: 4/06/98
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | May 16, 1999
ARLINGTON, Texas -- After a night in which they twice rallied before receiving a ninth-inning home run from Cal Ripken, the Orioles arrived at The Ballpark yesterday still stunned by how a potentially uplifting moment against the Texas Rangers could be overwhelmed by another Texas-sized dose of clubhouse intrigue.Worse than the 7-6 loss was how it happened.Former Orioles first baseman Rafael Palmeiro yanked a two-run, two-out double off reliever Arthur Rhodes (1-2) to break a hard-fought 4-4 tie in the seventh inning.
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October 23, 1996
ATLANTA -- Braves manager Bobby Cox couldn't get over the full-count third strike umpire Tim Welke called on Andruw Jones for the first out of the ninth inning.FTC "He [John Wetteland] was struggling to throw a strike and the guy appeared to throw the ball 8 to 12 inches outside. If it is off a little bit, it is a strike, but... "Pub Date: 10/23/96
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August 8, 2000
Quote: "I know my place on Earth is not on the baseball field." - tennis star Pete Sampras, who took batting practice with the Reds and was not offered a contract It's a fact: Shawn Estes' 10 RBIs are the most by a Giants pitcher since Juan Marichal had 15 in 1966. Who's hot: The Reds extended their franchise record of 112 games without being shut out. Who's not: The Phillies' Robert Person is winless in his past eight starts. On deck: Padres closer Trevor Hoffman is trying to join Dennis Eckersley and John Wetteland as the only pitchers with four seasons of 40 or more saves.
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By BRAD SNYDER | May 28, 1995
This is the first of two installments of "Let's Second Guess the Orioles." We'll start with pitching. The bullpen has been an adventure, and the starting rotation, besides Mike Mussina and Kevin Brown, has not been much better. The following is an unscientific assessment of the pitchers the Orioles pursued during the offseason but, for better or worse, did not acquire.Danny Jackson -- DOWN -- He's 0-5 and on pace to lose 40 to 50 games. This lefty makes Sid and Arthur look like Cy Young candidates.
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By Jack Curry and Jack Curry,NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | April 17, 1997
MILWAUKEE -- John Wetteland is usually so wired after pitching the ninth inning that he cannot even eat a cracker for hours. He is usually so intense that he continues to sweat even as he does post-game interviews. He is usually so hazardous that he dances with danger before escaping.Mariano Rivera is usually so calm after pitching the ninth that he can eat a plate of food. He is usually so reserved that it is hard to determine whether he even sweated during the game. He did not usually create dangerous spots, so there was no need for a fancy escape.
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By Buster Olney and Buster Olney,Sun Staff Writer | April 6, 1995
SARASOTA, Fla. -- The baseball world has evolved into a game of musical chairs, big-name trades and big-name free agents signing new contracts.But while the rival New York Yankees acquired the National League's best reliever yesterday -- Montreal's John Wetteland -- the Orioles, thus far, remain empty-handed in this buyer's market, having failed in their attempt to lure closer John Franco ,, away from the New York Mets.The Orioles were also one of four teams in the running for All-Star center fielder Marquis Grissom, perhaps the game's best center fielder and leadoff man and the last in a trio of Expos stars to be dumped for financial reasons (Montreal also traded pitcher Ken Hill to the St. Louis Cardinals yesterday)
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,Sun Staff Writer | April 10, 1995
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- New York Yankees third baseman Wade Boggs has a message for the other American League East contenders, at least one of whom was caught looking when the best team in the division added front-line starter Jack McDowell and top-notch reliever John Wetteland."
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May 3, 1998
HittingKevin Elster, Rangers: 2-for-4, 2 HRs, 4 RBIs.Shannon Stewart, Blue Jays: 3-for-5, 2B, 3B, 2 RBIs.Jim Thome, Indians: 3-for-4, HR, 3 RBIs.PitchingRoger Clemens, Blue Jays: 7 innings, 1 hit, 7 strikeouts.John Wetteland, Rangers: 2 perfect innings, save No. 7.Chad Ogea, Indians: 7 1/3 innings, 3 hits, 1 run.Pub Date: 5/03/98
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By Jack Curry and Jack Curry,NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | April 17, 1997
MILWAUKEE -- John Wetteland is usually so wired after pitching the ninth inning that he cannot even eat a cracker for hours. He is usually so intense that he continues to sweat even as he does post-game interviews. He is usually so hazardous that he dances with danger before escaping.Mariano Rivera is usually so calm after pitching the ninth that he can eat a plate of food. He is usually so reserved that it is hard to determine whether he even sweated during the game. He did not usually create dangerous spots, so there was no need for a fancy escape.
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By PETER SCHMUCK and PETER SCHMUCK,SUN STAFF | February 24, 1997
TAMPA, Fla. -- It could happen again. The New York Yankees could reformulate the winning chemistry that carried them to their first World Series championship since 1978 and replicate their magical 1996 season.It could happen because the '96 roster is largely intact -- with a couple of notable exceptions -- and because there still is the potential for improvement in several areas and because nobody is going to count out manager Joe Torre after last year.It could happen because pitching ace David Cone should be healthy all year, 21-game winner Andy Pettitte is a year older and Mariano Rivera could be ready to emerge as one of the best closers in the game.
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October 23, 1996
ATLANTA -- Braves manager Bobby Cox couldn't get over the full-count third strike umpire Tim Welke called on Andruw Jones for the first out of the ninth inning.FTC "He [John Wetteland] was struggling to throw a strike and the guy appeared to throw the ball 8 to 12 inches outside. If it is off a little bit, it is a strike, but... "Pub Date: 10/23/96
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By Buster Olney and Buster Olney,SUN STAFF | June 23, 1996
With the Major League Baseball Players Association and negotiators for the owners honoring a general media blackout, the two sides have quietly continued working toward a new Basic Agreement. A primary issue -- one that will affect the coming free-agent class -- is whether players will receive credit for service time lost during the strike.As it stands, there will be some intriguing free agents, although it is generally a crop weak in pitching. The potential free agents include:Catchers: Joe Girardi, Kirt Manwaring, Tom Pagnozzi, Benito Santiago and Terry Steinbach.
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By BRAD SNYDER | May 28, 1995
This is the first of two installments of "Let's Second Guess the Orioles." We'll start with pitching. The bullpen has been an adventure, and the starting rotation, besides Mike Mussina and Kevin Brown, has not been much better. The following is an unscientific assessment of the pitchers the Orioles pursued during the offseason but, for better or worse, did not acquire.Danny Jackson -- DOWN -- He's 0-5 and on pace to lose 40 to 50 games. This lefty makes Sid and Arthur look like Cy Young candidates.
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