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CHANGE UP
2003-12-19 08:30
by Alex Belth
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The Yankees traded left-handed relief pitcher Chris Hammond--he of the Bugs Bunny slow pitch--to the Oakland A's yesterday for two minor leaguers. Hammonds didn't love pitching in New York, but the move is reportedly motivated by the fact that the Yanks want to re-sign Gabe White, another left-handed reliever. (Incidentally, the A's also signed southpaw Arthur Rhodes to be their closer.)

Meanwhile, Javier Vasquez spoke with the New York press for the first time as a Yankee via conference call yesterday. His agents and the Bombers are still working on completing a lengthy contract extension. And just to prove that there is never a dull moment in the Yankee-Red Sox season, Karim Garcia and Jeff Nelson were officially charged with assault and battery for their parts in the Game Three bullpen brawl during the ALCS between Boston and New York.

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