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3. The rumors of Joe Torre's job being in jeopardy were the result of backroom backstabbers and New York papers desperate to rattle cages and move newsprint.
Torre is not the world's greatest manager. His fixation with flaccid first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz isn't pretty. Neither are his bullpen-handling skills and his obsessive pinch running for Jason Giambi -- a move that has come back to bite the Yankees more than once this season. But it's not Torre's fault that the starting rotation imploded out of the gate or that poor scouting, drafting and player development left the team with Hughes and Pray for Booze as replacements in the minors. The Yankees will get well this week against Texas and Seattle, throw a ton of money at Clemens, seek out a top-shelf alternative if the Rocket doesn't sign and challenge the Red Sox in the East, as expected. Then the vultures circling George Steinbrenner like the cast of "Greedy" can go back to stealing milk money from schoolkids and kicking puppies.
9. These teams will be better in May