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Torre responds to recent acquisitions

Updated: December 18, 2003, 11:33 AM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Joe Torre looks at the Boston Red Sox and realizes the New York Yankees aren't automatic favorites to win the AL East.

"Let's put it this way," he said Wednesday. "If we were better than them last year by a very narrow margin, they certainly have caught up at the very least because of their pitching moves."

Speaking at the news conference to announce Gary Sheffield's $39 million, three-year contract, Torre for the first time assessed Andy Pettitte's departure last week ...

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