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Yanks to name home after season

The Yankees are strong contenders for the pennant, which is exactly where George Steinbrenner likes them.

Their destination after the 2002 season, however, remains questionable.

The team owner said through a spokesman Friday that any decision on a new home for the team, whose Yankee Stadium lease expires in four years, would not be made until after this season.

Finding a new home for the Yankees, a simmering issue for years, intensified last month when a beam fell in the 75-year-old ballpark. The team was forced to play one game at Shea Stadium and swap homestands with the Detroit Tigers while repairs were made.

"The present Yankee Stadium is an old, tired building, inadequate for the Yankees as they go into the next millennium," spokesman Howard Rubenstein said.

The two games against Anaheim that were postponed when the beam fell were rescheduled. The April 13 postponement was scheduled for 7:35 p.m. Aug. 24. The April 14 game was scheduled as part of a separate admission day-night doubleheader at 1:05 p.m. Aug. 26.

ANGELS: OF Tim Salmon, who strained a ligament in his left foot running to first base April 22, was put on the disabled list retroactive to April 23. He will be eligible to play Friday.

Salmon, who hit 33 homers and drove in 129 runs last season, strained a ligament in the bottom of the foot that supports the arch. He has had a painful inflammation in the arch since early in the season. He hit his seventh homer in the first inning of Anaheim's 7-6 victory over Baltimore on April 22, but he aggravated the injury and left the game in the third. He said that when he hit the first-base bag, pain shot up his leg. The team called up LHP Greg Cadaret from Triple-A Vancouver to fill Salmon's roster spot. LHP Chuck Finley won pitcher of the month after going 4-0 with a league-leading 1.54 ERA.

ORIOLES: Ozzie Guillen, batting .063 in his first season as a utility player, was released. C Charlie Greene was recalled from Triple-A Rochester and will back up Chris Hoiles and Lenny Webster. Guillen, 34, got 16 at-bats in 17 games. The 14-year veteran joined Baltimore in January after spending 13 seasons as the starting shortstop for the Chicago White Sox. His troubled right index finger isn't completely healed, but RHP Mike Mussina will come off the disabled list Sunday to make a scheduled start against the Minnesota Twins. Norm Charlton had two black eyes, stitches on his nose and a swollen face, yet the relief pitcher declared himself available against Minnesota. "I was ready yesterday," said Charlton, who received four stitches after being struck in the face by a line drive off the bat of Chicago's Frank Thomas in a 16-7 loss Wednesday. "It doesn't hurt to run, it doesn't hurt to throw. It only hurts when I sneeze," Charlton said.

RANGERS: C Ivan Rodriguez won player of the month. Rodriguez led the league in batting average (.446), slugging percentage (.707) and on-base percentage (.495) for April.

_ TIMES WIRES

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