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Yanks say farewell to Harwell

Compiled from Times wires
© St. Petersburg Times
published September 9, 2002

NEW YORK -- Ernie Harwell jogged to the mound Sunday, threw out the first ball and shook Roger Clemens' hand.

Then, after getting a nice gift from Yankees manager Joe Torre, Harwell hurried off the field. The 84-year-old Hall of Fame announcer scurried to the place where he feels most comfortable: the broadcast booth.

He had another game to call.

Harwell, voice of the Tigers for 42 of the past 43 seasons, is retiring after the season, and he was honored before his final game at Yankee Stadium.

"I've seen a lot of great games and a lot of great players here," said Harwell, who figures he has announced more than 8,300 major-league games.

Harwell has been in the business for 55 years. Recently, the Indians named the visiting announcer's booth at Jacobs Field in his honor.

Meanwhile, left-hander David Wells returned to the stadium with a bruise on his forehead and said he's ready to make his next start Thursday after an early morning attack at a diner.

Wells was punched in the head and lost two teeth when he was confronted by a man waving a butter knife about 5:50 a.m. Saturday, police said.

The Yankees are investigating the incident to determine if they should take disciplinary action.

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PROFANITY BROADCAST AT FENWAY: A song that included profanity and drug-themed lyrics was broadcast over the Fenway Park loudspeakers before Manny Ramirez's first at-bat, forcing the Red Sox to alter their policy on allowing players to choose their own music.

Spokesman Charles Steinberg said Good Times (I get high) by Styles was requested during the game by a clubhouse attendant apparently relaying Ramirez's wishes. The song was checked to make sure it was appropriate but was not played all the way through.

BRAVES: Centerfielder Andruw Jones was out of the lineup a day after being hit in the head by a pitch. He said the pitch from the Expos' Toma Ohka was mostly absorbed by the helmet.

DODGERS: Left-hander Kazuhisa Ishii left the game in an ambulance with a concussion after getting struck in the forehead by a line drive off the bat of Houston's Brian Hunter in the fourth. Team spokesman John Olguin said Ishii had feeling and movement in all his limbs and was fully conscious.

MARLINS: Right-hander Josh Beckett, out since Aug. 23 with a blister on his finger, threw in the bullpen, and manager Jeff Torborg expects him to pitch by midweek. Torborg also hopes to get an inning next weekend from right-hander A.J. Burnett, out since Aug. 19 with a bone bruise.

PHILLIES: First baseman Jeremy Giambi left in the third with a strained right hamstring.

ROYALS: Outfielder/DH Mark Quinn, on the 60-day disabled list with a torn left hamstring, is out for the rest of the season.

WHITE SOX: Shortstop Royce Clayton was placed on waivers for the purpose of giving him his unconditional release.

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