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New home for Yanks?

George Steinbrenner reportedly has looked at putting a new stadium in Manhattan, a few blocks from Madison Square Garden. He also is supposed to be considering sites in every other borough of the city and in suburban Westchester County and New Jersey. "I might not have a choice," Steinbrenner told MSG network Tuesday night, when 30,000 turned out for a game with the Red Sox, leaving about 27,000 seats empty. "For us to be drawing what we're drawing this year with the kind of team this is, is kind of ridiculous." The New York Daily News Thursday quoted a source close to the owner as saying Steinbrenner has seen drawings for a 60,000-seat stadium that might be built at an 11-acre rail yard west of Madison Square Garden. But that possibility could break records for cost, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which owns the yard.

Around the league

Yankees: Jim Abbott was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 10, with an aggravated abrasion on the inside of his left thumb. Right-hander Mike Witt came off the disabled list to take Abbott's spot on the roster.

Athletics: Reliever Rick Honeycutt was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Tuesday, with a broken wrist on his pitching hand. He's expected to miss three weeks. Infielder Dale Sveum was given his unconditional release. He was hitting .177 in 30 games with two home runs and six RBI.

.400 breakdown

A comparison of Toronto's John Olerud and Colorado's Andres Galarraga, through Wednesday's games:

Olerud Galarraga

Overall .406 .433

April .450 .412

May .348 .360

June .442 .538

vs. LHP .295 .400

vs. RHP .433 .442

Bases empty .417 .413

Runners on .392 .453

Scoring pos. .375 .421

Home .367 .443

Road .443 .417

Grass .451 .423

Artificial .376 .467

Day .421 .405

Night .395 .451

In wins .439 .418

In losses .366 .442

_ TIMES WIRES

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