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April 20, 1995 | By Jayson Stark, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It was two weeks ago today. John Wetteland was tooling down the Florida Turnpike, heading for a spring-training destination to be named later, when he decided to check his phone messages. And found out he had 20 of them. Welcome to the New York Yankees, buddy. His answering machine was telling him, in 20-part harmony, that he had just been traded by his old team, the everything-must-go Montreal Expos, to the New York Yankees. Which tended to break up the monotony of the drive a little.
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August 17, 1996 | Daily News Wire Services
The New York Yankees had good and bad news on the pitching front. David Cone, in his most extensive test since being sidelined by an aneurysm in his right shoulder in May, felt strong after pitching three innings of a simulated game yesterday in New York. "It went well," Cone said. "I mixed all of my pitches, and my velocity was about 90 percent. I'm pretty happy with the results. " Meanwhile, the Yankees placed closer John Wetteland on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right groin.
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October 4, 1995 | Daily News Wire Services
Don Mattingly had waited his whole career, his whole life, for this game. Nothing was going to ruin it, not even Ken Griffey Jr. The New York Yankees became baseball's first wild-card team to win a playoff game, overcoming Griffey's two home runs to beat the Seattle Mariners, 9-6, last night in their American League playoff opener. A standing, stomping crowd of 57,178, the largest at Yankee Stadium since it was remodeled for the 1976 season, saw Mattingly, David Cone and the Yankees take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five series.
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August 28, 1995 | Daily News Wire Services
The New York Yankees avoided their longest losing slump in nearly 13 years, stopping an eight-game skid as Scott Kamieniecki pitched them past the host Seattle Mariners, 5-2, yesterday. New York hadn't lost nine in a row since September 1982. The last time the Yankees had dropped eight straight was September 1991. The Yankees moved within 4 1/2 games of Texas for the wild-card lead while the Mariners remained two games back. "This is something we really needed," New York manager Buck Showalter said.
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July 18, 1996 | Daily News Wire Services
Despite all the New York Yankees had done to take a lead, closer John Wetteland couldn't hold it. The Boston Red Sox wasted a seven-run lead last night, then recovered and stopped Wetteland's major league consecutive-saves streak, beating the visiting Yankees, 12-11. Jeff Frye's ninth-inning single boosted the Red Sox. "Losses like this don't go away," Wetteland said. "But it is another hump in the roller coaster. My stuff was good. I missed with my location. " Boston led, 9-2, in the seventh, but New York rallied to take an 11-9 lead in the ninth.
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April 18, 1997 | Daily News Wire Services
The New York Yankees got burned again by a bad bullpen. They lost their fifth straight game, 5-4, yesterday to the host Milwaukee Brewers when reliever David Weathers walked John Jaha with the bases loaded and one out in the ninth inning. Yankees starter Andy Pettitte, trying to become the majors' first four-game winner, left with a 4-3 lead after seven innings. But the Brewers rallied against the Yankees' beleaguered bullpen, tying it in the eighth with a run off Brian Boehringer and winning in the ninth with the help of an error by reliever Graeme Lloyd and Weathers's walk.
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June 24, 1996 | Daily News Wire Services
It would be nice for the New York Yankees to say they have the best record against the team with the best record in baseball. After New York got through with Cleveland this weekend, however, the Indians no longer own that honor. New York completed its first four-game sweep in Cleveland since 1964, and Dwight Gooden won his fourth straight start yesterday in a 6-5 victory over the Indians. Gooden (7-4) has won seven of his last eight starts. Bernie Williams, Paul O'Neill and Tino Martinez hit solo home runs for the Yankees, who improved to 9-3 against the defending AL champions this season.
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June 19, 1998 | Daily News Wire Services
Aaron Sele became the American League's first 10-game winner yesterday - barely. Sele issued a career-high seven walks and hit a batter, but the Rangers beat visiting Oakland, 3-2, thanks to plenty of help from Athletics starter Tom Candiotti. Candiotti's wildness and the A's inability to hit in the clutch helped Texas halt its three-game losing streak on an afternoon when the temperature reached 99 degrees. "It was a little toasty out there," Sele said. "It was hard on everybody.
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October 13, 1998 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
New York Yankees slugger Darryl Strawberry will have to watch Game 6 of the American League Championship Series between his team and Cleveland from his New York hospital room tonight as he recovers from colon cancer surgery. "His spirits are good, he's gaining strength, he has no fever, and his blood counts are normal," a statement from Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center said yesterday. "He is not yet able to eat normally and therefore will remain in the hospital for several more days.
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September 15, 1995 | Daily News Wire Services
Andy Pettitte shows none of the characteristics of a rookie pitcher in the middle of a playoff race. For one thing, he doesn't look nervous on the mound. Secondly, the lefthander is throwing the ball so well that it seems as if he's been around for years. Pettitte won his fourth straight start last night as the visiting New York Yankees moved into a first-place tie in the AL wild-card race by beating the Baltimore Orioles, 5-4. Bernie Williams homered for the Yankees, whose eighth win in 10 games put them even with idle Seattle in the chase for a playoff spot.
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September 15, 2011 | By Don McKee, Inquirer Columnist
The book on Yankees closer Mariano Rivera 's outing Tuesday night against the Mariners in Seattle shows: one hit, no runs, two strikeouts, no walks in one inning of work, good for save No. 41 in 46 chances. The Yankees won, 3-2. What it doesn't show is that he joined Trevor Hoffman as the only closers to record 600 or more saves. Hoffman had 601 saves in 18 seasons, most of them with the ordinary San Diego Padres. Rivera's amazing run - all with the Yankees - began on May 17, 1996, when he entered in the top of the ninth inning to protect an 8-5 lead against the California Angels.
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March 31, 2009 | By Gerry Fraley FOR THE INQUIRER
Two more, and Phillies closer Brad Lidge would join the Yankees' Mariano Rivera in World Series lore. Rivera is the only pitcher in history to get the final out in three World Series. Nine other pitchers, including Hall of Famers Bob Gibson, Sandy Koufax and Rollie Fingers, have done it twice. Rivera's accomplishment, with the New York Yankees in 1998, 1999 and 2000, gives him a unique perspective on what awaits Lidge and the Phillies this season as they attempt to repeat as World Series champions.
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October 26, 2001 | By Jim Salisbury INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It might seem difficult to believe now, but it was not that long ago that the New York Yankees did not quite know what to do with Mariano Rivera. The skinny guy from Panama had a blazing fastball and a history of elbow and shoulder problems when Joe Torre arrived as manager in 1996. Some people in the Yankees organization thought he should be used as a starter. Others thought he should be used as a reliever. When camp broke that spring, Rivera was essentially a spare part in the Yankees' bullpen, ranking behind veterans John Wetteland, Steve Howe and Jeff Nelson.
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May 6, 2000 | Daily News Wire Services
The Texas Rangers and Oakland Athletics saved all their swings for the real thing. On a day in which neither team took batting practice because of morning showers, host Texas overcame an eight-run deficit for the first time in team history, rallying past the Athletics last night, 17-16. Rookie pinch-hitter Mike Lamb .182, singled home the winning run with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning. The A's and Rangers combined for six homers, six doubles and 37 hits in the majors' highest-scoring game of the season.
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October 28, 1998 | Daily News Wire Services
Albert Belle and World Series MVP Scott Brosius were among 17 players filing for free agency yesterday, and the Texas Rangers exercised their $8.5 million option on Juan Gonzalez. Belle, unlike other free agents, is in the unusual position of having a fallback position. Through Nov. 25, he has the option of reverting to his contract with the Chicago White Sox, which calls for salaries of $10 million in each of the next three seasons with a $10 million club option for 2002 that carries a $5 million buyout.
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October 23, 1998 | by Paul Hagen, Daily News Sports Writer
Padres owner John Moores was talking about visiting Monument Park at majestic Yankee Stadium with future Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn before Game 1 of the World Series. His voice was syrupy, his eyes moist. Choked up, he spoke about the magnificence of it all. And then, without so much as a blink, he downshifted into his billionaire businessman mode. "Of course, on sober reflection, that park is inadequate," he said with the matter-of-fact chilliness of a corporate bean counter.
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October 13, 1998 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
New York Yankees slugger Darryl Strawberry will have to watch Game 6 of the American League Championship Series between his team and Cleveland from his New York hospital room tonight as he recovers from colon cancer surgery. "His spirits are good, he's gaining strength, he has no fever, and his blood counts are normal," a statement from Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center said yesterday. "He is not yet able to eat normally and therefore will remain in the hospital for several more days.
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June 19, 1998 | Daily News Wire Services
Aaron Sele became the American League's first 10-game winner yesterday - barely. Sele issued a career-high seven walks and hit a batter, but the Rangers beat visiting Oakland, 3-2, thanks to plenty of help from Athletics starter Tom Candiotti. Candiotti's wildness and the A's inability to hit in the clutch helped Texas halt its three-game losing streak on an afternoon when the temperature reached 99 degrees. "It was a little toasty out there," Sele said. "It was hard on everybody.
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April 18, 1997 | Daily News Wire Services
The New York Yankees got burned again by a bad bullpen. They lost their fifth straight game, 5-4, yesterday to the host Milwaukee Brewers when reliever David Weathers walked John Jaha with the bases loaded and one out in the ninth inning. Yankees starter Andy Pettitte, trying to become the majors' first four-game winner, left with a 4-3 lead after seven innings. But the Brewers rallied against the Yankees' beleaguered bullpen, tying it in the eighth with a run off Brian Boehringer and winning in the ninth with the help of an error by reliever Graeme Lloyd and Weathers's walk.
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December 18, 1996 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
After a week of negotiations, David Wells and the New York Yankees agreed yesterday on a $13.5 million, three-year contract. Wells, who will take the spot in the starting rotation vacated when Jimmy Key signed with the Baltimore Orioles, was 11-14 with a 5.14 ERA for the Orioles last season. In the playoffs, Wells went 2-0 with a 4.43 ERA in three starts. He gave Baltimore its only win against the Yankees in the American League Championship Series. In addition to Key, New York also lost closer John Wetteland to the Texas Rangers through free agency.
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