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Holmes traded to D-Backs. The New York Yankees today acquired right-handed pitcher Ben Ford and catcher Izzy Molina from the Arizona Diamondbacks for right-handed pitcher Darren Holmes and cash considerations.  Kara McGovern - WWW.Yankees .com
   
Joe laid to rest.

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SAN FRANCISCO - J.D. Reynolds, whose father was a teammate of Joe DiMaggio, stood behind a police barricade Thursday watching family and friends march into the Hall of Famer's funeral. Reynolds, son of former New York Yankees pitcher Allie Reynolds, flew from his home in Mustang, Okla., to pay last respects to the Yankee Clipper. DiMaggio, who died Monday at his Florida home at the age of 84, was eulogized by his brother, Dominic, at Sts. Peter & Paul Church in a private funeral Mass. -USA Today-
   

Torre diagnosed with prostate cancer.

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FORT MYERS, Fla. - New York Yankees manager Joe Torre has left the World Series champions to undergo treatment for prostate cancer. ''I feel fine,'' the 58-year-old manager said today, ''and I am looking forward to taking care of this problem and getting back to work.'' There was no immediate word on how advanced the disease was or how long Torre will be away from the team. The Yankees also did not say who will manage in his place or what his course of treatment will be. The announcement of Torre's diagnosis comes on the same day Darryl Strawberry is returning to the field following colon cancer surgery last October and two days after the death of Joe DiMaggio. -USA Today-
   

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TAMPA, Fla.- The Toronto Blue Jays have traded five-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens to the New York Yankees for left-handers David Wells and Graeme Lloyd and infielder Homer Bush. Clemens agreed to the deal, but the 36-year-old right-hander did not get an extension to his contract, which has two years to run and calls for him to be paid $16.1 million. The trade stunned the Yankees, coming off a record-setting 125-win season and barely settled into Legends Field for their 7 1/2-week spring stay. ''I'm a little emotional right now,'' Wells said after meeting with Yankees owner George Steinbrenner at the team's training complex. ''Give me a couple days. It's a little tough right now.'' - USA Today-

   

Jeter & Rivera win.

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Derek Jeter became the first player this year to beat a club in salary arbitration when he was awarded $5 million Tuesday. A day after hearing arguments at Tampa, Fla., the three-man panel rejected the New York Yankees' offer of $3.2 million to the All-Star shortstop. Jeter matched Ruben Sierra's 1992 salary with Texas as the second-highest ever awarded in arbitration. The only higher award is the $5.3 million pitcher Jack McDowell got from the Chicago White Sox in 1994 - when he lost his case. Jeter, who made $750,000 last year, was eligible for arbitration for the first time. The case was decided by arbitrators Nicholas Zumas, Ira Jaffe and Gil Vernon. Jeter hit .324 last season with 19 homers, 84 RBI and 30 steals. -USA Today-

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Mariano Rivera made it 2-0 for New York Yankees players in salary arbitration when he was awarded $4.25 million today rather than the team's $3 million offer. Owners are 6-2 in arbitration this year, losing only to Rivera and to Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, who will get $5 million this year instead of the team's $3.2 million offer. Rivera, who took over from John Wetteland as New York's closer in 1997, was 3-0 with a 1.91 ERA and 36 saves in 41 chances last season when he made $750,000. Arbitrator James Duff made his decision one day after hearing arguments from both sides in Tampa, Fla.  -USA Today-

   
Pettitte signs new contract.pettitte.jpg (58181 bytes) NEW YORK - Pitcher Andy Pettitte avoided arbitration with the New York Yankees, agreeing Tuesday to a $5.95 million, one-year contract, a raise of $2.15 million. Pettitte, a 26-year-old left-hander, was 16-11 with a 4.24 ERA in 1998, struggling with his control and mechanics for much of the season. He came up big in the World Series, pitching 7 1-3 shutout innings to win Game 4 as the Yankees completed their sweep of San Diego. The deal left two Yankees in arbitration: shortstop Derek Jeter and closer Mariano Rivera.   -USA Today-
   
Joe D's coming home!JoeD.jpg (19391 bytes) HOLLYWOOD, Fla. - Joe DiMaggio was released from the hospital Monday after spending 99 days in the intensive care unit for treatment of lung cancer and pneumonia. His lawyer, Morris Engelberg, said the 84-year-old DiMaggio was ''looking forward to opening day in Yankee Stadium in April.'' His release from Memorial Regional Hospital marked an incredible recovery for the Yankee Clipper, who was near death several times and was even administered last rites.-USA Today-
   

Yogi's back!

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NEW YORK - With a simple handshake Tuesday, New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner and Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra put an end to their 14-year feud. The rift began when the Boss fired Berra as New York's manager only 16 games into the 1985 season. ''I didn't realize how much I'd screwed up. It was a major screw-up. It was a stupid thing on my part,'' Steinbrenner said. ''I'm just happy he feels it's time to put this behind us.'' Berra has not been at Yankee Stadium for an official function since he was replaced by Billy Martin with a 6-10 record in 1985. There's no word yet, but look for Berra to be back at the ballpark this year, throwing out a first ball and appearing at Old-Timers Day. -USA Today-

   

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NEW YORK - In a stunning signing, Bernie Williams returned to the New York Yankees on Wednesday, agreeing to an $87.5 million, seven-year contract. Williams, who had threatened to sign with the Boston Red Sox or Arizona Diamondbacks, gets a $2.5 million signing bonus, $9.5 million next year and $12 million in each of the following six seasons. The Yankees have a $15 million option for 2006 with a $3.5 million buyout. If the option is exercised, the deal would be worth $99 million over eight years. The 30-year-old Williams, who captured his first AL batting crown this past season while helping the Yankees to their second title in three years, hit .339 with 26 home runs, 97 RBI and 15 stolen bases.  -USA Today-

   

Cone to stay.

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NEW YORK - Hours before he could have become a free agent, pitcher David Cone signed a one-year, $8 million contract to remain with the New York Yankees on Wednesday. With incentives, the deal could be worth as much as $9.75 million. Cone probably could have made more money on the open market, but he decided to stay with the Yankees after twice extending the deadline for becoming a free agent. ''I always made it clear that my first choice was the Yankees,'' he said in a conference call Wednesday night. ''That's where I want to be, where I want to end my career.'' Cone, who won the 1994 AL Cy Young Award with Kansas City, said he thought he got ''fair market value'' in the new contract. The 35-year-old Cone was 20-7 with a 3.55 ERA last season.   -USA Today-

   

Brosius re-signs.

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NEW YORK - They may not know who'll play center field, but the New York Yankees can count on Scott Brosius to play third base next season. The World Series MVP agreed Friday to remain with the Yankees, who gave him a $15.75 million, three-year contract. The deal wasn't announced, but the terms were confirmed by several sources who spoke on the condition they not be identified. Brosius, obtained from Oakland after the 1997 season for Kenny Rogers, hit .300 this year with 19 homers and 98 RBI. He then batted .383 in the postseason, leading New York in hits (18), home runs (4) and RBI (15). He was 8-for-17 (.471) against San Diego in the World Series with two homers and six RBI.  - USA Today

   

Torre Named AL Manager of the Year.

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NEW YORK - The New York Yankees blew away the competition on their way to a World Series title this past season. On Thursday, Joe Torre blew away the field on his way to winning American League Manager of the Year. Torre got 23 first-place votes and 128 points in voting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Boston's Jimy Williams was a distant second with three firsts and 59 points. Anaheim's Terry Collins was third, and Texas' Johnny Oates came in fourth. New York finished the regular season 114-48, setting an AL record for wins then capped the season with a sweep of the San Diego Padres in the World Series.   -USA Today-