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Torre says adios to Yankees

Ever since the Cleveland Indians eliminated the New York Yankees from the 2007 playoffs, the real question was not whether Joe Torre would leaves the Yankees, but rather on what terms. In the end, the front office decided to make him an offer that he could refuse: a higher base salary ($5 million) than almost any other team would be willing to pay, but not enough for the world class Yankees. Bonuses or not, it would have been a pay cut, which is more than a man who has led four World Series champion teams should have to accept. See Some fans of Torre took heart from George Steinbrenner's recent announcement that he would step aside from personnel management decisions, but whether the lowball offer to Torre was was his doing, or his son-in-law's, or Brian Cashman's, really doesn't matter. It's a sad outcome, but it's what you have to expect. Torre leaves with 1,773 wins as manager for the Yankees, ranking second behind Joe McCarthy and ahead of Casey Stengel in the team's history. This coming year will be one of big transitions in the Bronx, with a new manager (Mattingly or Girardi?) and a revamped lineup, as Yankee Stadium enters its final year of service.

Red Sox hang in there

Whoever runs the entertainment program at Jacobs Field must have thought he was being clever to invite Josh Beckett's former girlfriend Danielle Peck to sing the National Anthem last night. The stunt failed to have the intended demoralization effect, however, as Beckett pitched eight superb innings, and got plenty of run support. Manny Ramirez came as close to hitting a home run as anyone possibly could, as the ball bounced off the yellow stripe at the top of the right field wall. He paid for his habitual grandstanding at the plate, admiring the long ball for a couple seconds before starting to run, as he only got a single out of it. Will he learn a lesson? Anyway, the Red Sox won easily, 7-1, so it's back to Fenway Park for Game 6 tomorrow night, where the Red Sox stand an even chance of making it to Game 7 and pulling out a pennant win. Whoever wins will be at a serious disadvantage to the Rockies in terms of rest...

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