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Steinbrenner calls for title

After the first full-squad workout, owner George Steinbrenner predicted a World Series title.

"That's right - in a while we haven't won it," Steinbrenner said. "We're going to win it this year. We're going to go for it."

Prior to the workout, manager Joe Torre addressed the team and stressed the immediacy of its mission.

"I thought Joe's introductory speech was amazing," centerfielder Johnny Damon said.

Gary Sheffield had heard Torre's first-day speech twice before but this one, Sheffield said, was not the same.

"I think this one was a little more intense," Sheffield said. "For whatever reason, I just felt the conviction behind it.

"I just felt the difference. Like, "We're going to do it this time.' He puts a lot of trust in the players, and now he's saying, "Okay, I put trust in you guys, but I'm going to make sure it's done at the same time.' I just think now he's going to put his hand on it.

"It's always calm, but it's the look."

STURTZE TAKES THE MOUND: Tanyon Sturtze Wednesday threw off a mound for the first time this year.

Sturtze threw for five minutes from partway up the mound and then made 16 pitches from the rubber. He had trouble keeping his mechanics consistent, resulting in poor command and "no feel."

"I was mentally prepared to be a little bit better than I was today, so it's a little bit of a letdown," he said.

STADIUM APPROVED: A city commission voted to approve a plan to build a new stadium in the Bronx.

- ED PRICE, Newark Star-Ledger

Phillies seek lefty for OF

CLEARWATER - General manager Pat Gillick hopes to acquire a spare outfielder by Opening Day, preferably a left-handed bat with a little pop.

Rookie switch-hitter Shane Victorino is a lock to win one of two reserve spots, but the other will be wide open if no one is added.

"If we can't get one (by Opening Day), we'll probably go one infielder extra - three instead of two," Gillick said.

Barring injuries, the only other competition is in the bullpen, where four of seven jobs are filled by closer Tom Gordon and left-handers Arthur Rhodes, Rheal Cormier and Aaron Fultz.

Geoff Geary, Julio Santana and Ricardo Rodriguez have the inside track to the other spots, with Rob Tejeda still in the running.

"We're not locked in on too many (relievers)," Gillick said. "We have fairly good flexibility from the standpoint of what we can do or can't do."

GETTING HEALTHY: Oft-injured top pitching prospect Cole Hamels has been cleared to throw off the mound on Sunday. Right-handed reliever Chris Booker, hopes to begin throwing off the mound by next week.

- RANDY MILLER,

Bucks County (Pa.) Courier Times

Steinbrenner calls for title

After the first full-squad workout, owner George Steinbrenner predicted a World Series title.

"That's right - in a while we haven't won it," Steinbrenner said. "We're going to win it this year. We're going to go for it."

Prior to the workout, manager Joe Torre addressed the team and stressed the immediacy of its mission.

"I thought Joe's introductory speech was amazing," centerfielder Johnny Damon said.

Gary Sheffield had heard Torre's first-day speech twice before but this one, Sheffield said, was not the same.

"I think this one was a little more intense," Sheffield said. "For whatever reason, I just felt the conviction behind it.

"I just felt the difference. Like, "We're going to do it this time.' He puts a lot of trust in the players, and now he's saying, "Okay, I put trust in you guys, but I'm going to make sure it's done at the same time.' I just think now he's going to put his hand on it.

"It's always calm, but it's the look."

STURTZE TAKES THE MOUND: Tanyon Sturtze Wednesday threw off a mound for the first time this year.

Sturtze threw for five minutes from partway up the mound and then made 16 pitches from the rubber. He had trouble keeping his mechanics consistent, resulting in poor command and "no feel."

"I was mentally prepared to be a little bit better than I was today, so it's a little bit of a letdown," he said.

STADIUM APPROVED: A city commission voted to approve a plan to build a new stadium in the Bronx.

- ED PRICE, Newark Star-Ledger

Phillies seek lefty for OF

CLEARWATER - General manager Pat Gillick hopes to acquire a spare outfielder by Opening Day, preferably a left-handed bat with a little pop.

Rookie switch-hitter Shane Victorino is a lock to win one of two reserve spots, but the other will be wide open if no one is added.

"If we can't get one (by Opening Day), we'll probably go one infielder extra - three instead of two," Gillick said.

Barring injuries, the only other competition is in the bullpen, where four of seven jobs are filled by closer Tom Gordon and left-handers Arthur Rhodes, Rheal Cormier and Aaron Fultz.

Geoff Geary, Julio Santana and Ricardo Rodriguez have the inside track to the other spots, with Rob Tejeda still in the running.

"We're not locked in on too many (relievers)," Gillick said. "We have fairly good flexibility from the standpoint of what we can do or can't do."

GETTING HEALTHY: Oft-injured top pitching prospect Cole Hamels has been cleared to throw off the mound on Sunday. Right-handed reliever Chris Booker, hopes to begin throwing off the mound by next week.

- RANDY MILLER,

Bucks County (Pa.) Courier Times

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