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BALTIMORE (AP) - George Steinbrenner isn't paying $200 million in player salaries to watch his New York Yankees sputter along in last place.


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The outspoken owner waited all of two weeks before demanding that his team start winning - or else.

Miguel Tejada hit his eighth career grand slam, and the Baltimore Orioles roughed up Kevin Brown and completed a three-game sweep of New York with an 8-4 victory Sunday. The Yankees (4-8) have dropped four straight and eight of 10 overall.

"Enough is enough. I am bitterly disappointed as I'm sure all Yankee fans are by the lack of performance by our team," Steinbrenner said in a statement issued immediately after the game.

"It is unbelievable to me that the highest-paid team in baseball would start the season in such a deep funk. They are not playing like true Yankees. They have the talent to win and they are not winning. I expect Joe Torre, his complete coaching staff and the team to turn this around."

Torre, who held a brief team meeting after the game, did not take Steinbrenner's comments lightly.

"He's right. What are you going to say? I'm not going to dispute that," the manager said. "If I try to defend what we've been doing, you'd have to check my sanity. This stuff out here is not pretty. We have to make it better. No question."

Melvin Mora homered for the Orioles, who took a 6-0 lead in the second inning and coasted to their sixth win in seven games. Baltimore improved to 5-1 against New York this season after their first sweep of the Yankees since 2000.

Ruben Sierra and Alex Rodriguez homered for the Yankees, whose four-game losing streak matches their longest skid of 2004. New York, which went 14-5 against Baltimore a year ago, has been outscored by the Orioles 47-26 this season.

Mike Stanton and they Yankees had a long weekend vs. the O's (Chris Garnder / Associated Press)

The Yankees concluded a 1-5 road trip that included two losses in three games against their archrivals, the Boston Red Sox. That was bad enough, but Steinbrenner could no longer contain his anger after watching New York get swept by a team mired in a run of seven straight losing seasons.

"What did you expect him to say, we're playing great? Keep up the good work?" Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter said. "We haven't been playing well. It's easy to see. We just have to turn it around. That's basically it."

Said Torre: "We just need to get a little spark back. We're flat right now, we're on our heels and we're not playing well."

The Orioles, on the other hand, are performing far better than expected.

Tejada went 3-for-4 with two doubles, raising his batting average to .375 and his AL-leading RBI total to 18. He went 6-for-12 with eight RBIs in the series.

Daniel Cabrera (1-1) gave up three runs and eight hits in six innings, and streaking Brian Roberts went 2-for-4 with a walk and scored a run. Roberts, who has a hit in all 12 games this season, is batting .449.

It all added up to yet another win over the Yankees, who have won the season series from Baltimore in 20 of the last 22 years.

"They have a lot of superstars over there," Tejada said, "so we are going to enjoy the moment."

Making his 2005 debut after spending the first two weeks on the disabled list with a strained back, Brown (0-1) allowed six runs and nine hits in six innings. The right-hander walked two and struck out three.

Brown retired the first two batters in the first inning before Mora hit his second homer. Tejada then doubled and scored on a single by Sammy Sosa, who went to third on a double by Rafael Palmeiro before Brown retired Jay Gibbons on a fly ball.

In the second, Roberts drew a two-out walk, David Newhan singled and Mora walked before Tejada hit an 0-1 pitch an estimated 420 feet over the center-field wall. It was his third homer, and extended his run of games with at least one RBI to nine - one short of the team record held by Reggie Jackson (1976) and Doug DeCinces ('78).

Jeter singled in a run in the fifth and Sierra hit a two-run shot in the sixth to make it 6-3.

The Orioles scored twice in the seventh against the New York bullpen. Paul Quantrill left with the bases loaded before Palmeiro drew a walk from Mike Stanton to force in a run, and Luis Matos hit an RBI single off Steve Karsay.

Rodriguez hit his second home run in the eighth off Steve Reed.


New York gets credit for the development of th late 90's franchise that dominated baseball. However, he must also take the fall for allowing his 1980's style spending spree to come back to haunt him. Now his team is nothing but an bunch of old ovepaid hacks. It will take George 15 more years before he will be able to build from within.

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Originally posted by T.E.G.

Not to be rude - but I thought this would at least mention the Red Sox too...one should not forget that they are both evil empires.

That happens when you have a team payroll of 40mil+ higher than the next team (like the Red Sox do).

The Sox can be considered an Evil Empire.

The Yanks are THE Evil Empire.

What I though was interesting about last years Red Sox WS winning team was that almost NOBODY was home grown. The only starter on the WHOLE TEAM that was home grown was Varitek. (Nomar was traded)

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Originally posted by SkinsForLife260


Whats with your quotes of lavarisgonnakillsomebody?

He has a minor obsession with lavarisgonnakillsomebody.

The Yankees go through this every year, it seems, so I'm not going to get my hopes up just yet. I'd LOVE to see them finish the season under .500.

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Originally posted by TheDoyler23

The Sox can be considered an Evil Empire.

The Yanks are THE Evil Empire.

What I though was interesting about last years Red Sox WS winning team was that almost NOBODY was home grown. The only starter on the WHOLE TEAM that was home grown was Varitek. (Nomar was traded)

Not true. . . Varitek was traded for.

In one of the most lopsided trades of all time, the sox got Varitek and Lowe from Seattle for the immortal Heathclif Slocum.

It also has to be mentioned that some of the talent they acquired was because they had the minor league talent to acquire the people needed.

1. Ortiz- signed FA after released by Min. (scrap heap signing)

2. Millar- signed FA

3. Minkevizetikcevitch- traded for Nomah

4. Cabrerra- traded for Nomah

5. Mueller- signed FA

6. Rameriz- signed FA

7. Damon- signed FA

8. Nixon- draft pick

9. Martinez- traded (Carl Pavano and Tony Armas Jr.)

10. Shilling-traded for (Casey Fossum one of four prospects)

11. Wakefield- FA signing (scrap heap)

12. Bronson Arroyo - FA signing (scrap heap)

13. Lowe - see above trade

14. Foulke - FA signing

15. Embry - Trade

16. Timlin - FA signing

17. Kapler - FA signing

18. McCarty - FA signing

19. Reese - FA signing

20. Milaska - FA signing

21. Kim - trade (bad trade for Hillenbrand)

22. Youklis - draft

23. Roberts Trade

24. Adams - FA signing

Those are off the top of my head, but there are others.

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Originally posted by chomerics

Not true. . . Varitek was traded for.

Yea, but he never made the Marniers roster or played a game for them. He was traded on the deadline then brought up the next year as Hatteberg's backup, then Hatteberg had that injury and Varitek took over since.

Oh well, the Marniers got TAKEN on that deal. The rub of the trade deadline, I suppose.

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Its hard to consider the Sox an EVIL empire. Its like the skins....when you bring in a bunch of high priced guys but you dont win, you can be considered an empire. And i know the sox won, but no World Series up until last year so its hard to call them an empire.

Plus the yankess are the yankees, you have to hate them...and i think most people root for the Red sox, i know i did, just because i want to see them kick the yankess arses!!

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#1 Randy Johnson 15,419,815

#2 Carl Pavano 9,000,000

#3 Mike Mussina 19,000,000

#4 Kevin Brown 15,714,286

#5 Jaret Wright 5,666,667

RSU Tom Gordon 3,750,000

LSU Paul Quantrill 3,000,000

CP Mariano Rivera 10,500,000

82,050,768 for 5 starters, two setup men, one closer. That's more than the payrolls of:

LA Dodgers 81,029,500

Houston 76,779,022

Chicago Sox 75,228,000

Baltimore 74,570,539

Detroit 68,998,183

Arizona 63,015,833

San Diego 62,888,192

Florida 60,375,961

Cincinnati 59,658,275

Minnesota 56,615,000

Oakland 55,869,262

Texas 53,891,258

Washington 48,581,500

Colorado 48,107,500

Toronto 45,038,500

Cleveland 41,830,400

Milwaukee 40,234,833

Pittsburgh 38,133,000

Tampa Bay 37,975,067

Kansas City 36,881,000

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I'm a Yankees fan, but I've known all along this was coming. Do a little research on the Yankees. When Stienbrenner first bought the team he was heavily involved in player transactions and etc. The team had little success with that formula and Stienbrenner recognized this fact. He then hired someone to do baseball player evaluation and operations for him and they started to invest more heavily in thier minor league system instead of the big name players. The result? Their dynastic success of the late 90's and early 2000's.

Now fast forward to 2005. Stienbrenner is obviously much more of a force in player operations than he used to be. The Yankees have abadoned all pretense of developing their own players. The Last player who came up from the minor leagues and was successful? Soriano. They traded him. Before that? Jeter, Pettite. They let Pettite go. I think that was the worst move they have made in their downfall. Until Stienbrenner realizes the error of his ways and starts to dump salary and invest in younger talent who actually have some Yankee pride I dont know that this team is going to ever be dominant again.

That's not to say the payroll will be trimmed to some shocking low figure, but the Yankees must show a committment to developing their minor leagues and not trading away prospects. You can buy talent and develop your own players. The key is balance, and right now the scale is skewed far far to the "buying" portion.

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