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Yanks add fiery O'Neill to Monument Park

NEW YORK — Paul O'Neill was known to take his frustration out on a water cooler or his batting helmet after a close play or a poor at-bat. That fiery attitude made him one of the keys to returning the Yankees to the top of the baseball world.

New York thanked the player dubbed "The Warrior" by late owner George Steinbrenner, honoring O'Neill Saturday with a plaque to be placed in Monument Park.

"He was part of the glue that held this thing together," former Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "He was relentless."

O'Neill helped the Yankees win four World Series championships and an AL pennant from 1996-2001. In nine years in New York, the rightfielder hit .303 with a .377 on-base percentage and a .492 slugging percentage.

Along with his family and several former teammates, O'Neill watched a video of some of his highlights with the Yankees.

"You look up at the video board today and there's no strikeouts, no errors, it's all good stuff," O'Neill said, "and that's why it's so fun to do things like this."

In other Yankees news, C Brian McCann went on the seven-day concussion list.

PRICE START A DRAW: LHP David Price's first start with the Tigers after being traded by the Rays drew impressive numbers. Tuesday's game against the Yankees drew 575,000 viewers on the MLB Network, the highest for a regular-season game on the network since a Yankees-Red Sox game Oct. 2, 2012, which had playoff implications.

REDS TO INDUCT 4: Ken Griffey Jr., Dave Parker and Ron Oester were honored on the field as new members of the Reds' Hall of Fame. The late Jake Beckley, who played in the 1800s, also is part of the 2014 class. They'll be formally inducted today.

BLUE JAYS: 1B Edwin Encarnacion, out since July 5 with a right quad strain, began a rehab assignment at Class A Dunedin.

DODGERS: SS Hanley Ramirez had an MRI exam on his sore right rib cage and sat out.

NATIONALS: OF Jayson Werth was scratched as he continued to be slowed by a sore right ankle and right shoulder.

PADRES: RHP Andrew Cashner, out since June 23 with right shoulder soreness, began a rehab assignment with two shutout innings for Class A Lake Elsinore.

PHILLIES: Former manager Charlie Manuel, who led the team to the 2008 World Series championship, was inducted into the Wall of Fame.

WHITE SOX: CF Adam Eaton went on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right oblique.

Yanks add fiery O'Neill to Monument Park 08/09/14 [Last modified: Saturday, August 9, 2014 9:58pm]

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