Before the Yankees ended the regular season Sunday with a 3-2
win over Toronto, Yankees manager Joe Torre outlined some of his
decisions heading into the first-round series against Minnesota.
Torre hinted he might keep 11 pitchers on his roster against the
Twins, including Kevin Brown and Orlando Hernandez, both candidates
to start Game 3 next Saturday at the Metrodome. El Duque has been
bothered by a tired arm in his last two starts.
That decision could mean Giambi won't be included. He was
0-for-4 with two strikeouts Sunday -- fanning with the bases loaded
and two outs in the first. Giambi dropped to 4-for-33 (.121) since
he was activated from the disabled list.
"He looked like he was more frustrated today than any other
day," Torre said. "It's just not happening for him."
Torre said he'll announce a decision after Monday's workout.
He's thought about using Giambi as a pinch hitter.
"I'm going to do whatever is best for this team. I've done my
best," said Giambi, who has fought to overcome a benign tumor and
a variety of other ailments. "It was pretty tough coming back, but
I tried it."
New York, which clinched the AL East on Thursday, finished the
regular season 101-61, joining Atlanta (1997-99), Baltimore
(1969-71) and the Philadelphia Athletics (1929-31) as the only
teams with three straight 100-win seasons. The Yankees went 103-58
in 2002 and 101-61 last year.
"We'll be ready to play. These three days off did us some good
after playing such an intense month," Torre said. We're ready to
get back to competition."
With the Yankees having assured of their seventh straight
division title, Torre again selected a veteran player to manage the
final game of the regular season, picking Ruben Sierra. In 1996,
Sierra called Torre "a liar" when they clashed over Sierra's
playing time but Sierra has gotten along well with teammates and
management during his second stint with the Yankees, which began
Sierra jokingly imitated Torre's walk when making a pitching
change in the eighth inning.
"He milked it. I thought he went overboard," Torre joked.
Sierra said he was proud that Torre selected him. He kept the
"I'm very happy," Sierra said.
Blue Jays fans gave Carlos Delgado a standing ovation before his
fourth plate appearance. Delgado, the franchise leader in home runs
and RBI, is expected to become a free agent and sign elsewhere,
leaving an organization he joined when he was 16.
Delgado was 2-for-2 and with a sacrifice fly and a double in his
last at-bat, finishing with 99 RBI.
Toronto finished 67-94, the most losses for the Blue Jays since
"I'm 32 years old. I've played the game for 10 years. I want to
have the opportunity to win, to contend and not finish last,"
Delgado said. "That will play a big role in my decision."
Scott Proctor (2-1) pitched the seventh inning for the win in
relief of Brad Halsey, who allowed one run and five hits in five
Bernie Williams put the Yankees ahead with his 22nd homer, a
tiebreaking drive in the eighth inning off Josh Towers (9-9), who
allowed three runs and seven hits in eight innings. Towers failed
in six attempts to reach 10 wins.
Torre liked what he saw from Brown on Saturday, and it
sounds as if Brown will get a start if Hernandez doesn't. "I'm
glad that Kevin has jumped into the fray. There's no question that
we'll consider him," Torre said. ... The Blue Jays season
attendance was 1,900,410. ... Hideki Matsui went 1-for-3 and
finished at .298. ... The Blue Jays have called a news conference
for Monday and are expected to announce that interim manager John
Gibbons will return as the manager.