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Torborg is staying in Miami

Compiled from Times wires
© St. Petersburg Times
published September 20, 2002

MIAMI -- Jeff Torborg will return as manager of the Marlins in 2003, honoring the final year of his contract.

"We're pleased with the progress of the club and the direction through Jeff's leadership," general manager Larry Beinfest said Thursday.

Torborg took over Feb. 15 after the team was sold to former Expos owner Jeffrey Loria just before spring training.

"This team has excited me from Day 1 in spring training," Torborg said before Thursday's game against Montreal. "We've just had one of those crazy years."

The former Expos manager followed Loria to Miami after going 47-62 in Montreal upon taking over for Felipe Alou in midseason.

Umps want system out

NEW YORK -- The umpires union asked the commissioner's office to drop a computerized evaluation system after a report that the company that developed and operates the system had been disciplined by securities regulators.

Baseball and umpires agreed last offseason to use the system on a test basis and management has said it will not discuss the system with the union until after the season.

Edward Plumacher, the chief figure behind Questec, was permanently barred in 1996 from working for a member of the American Stock Exchange and two years later was barred from holding office with a public company for eight years by the British Columbia Securities Commission, the New York Times reported.

ANGELS: Garret Anderson's second-inning double gave him 85 extra-base hits to tie the franchise mark set by Troy Glaus in 2000.

ASTROS: Right-hander Brad Lidge said his left side still hurt a day after straining a muscle in his first career start.

ATHLETICS: Reliever Billy Koch made his 79th appearance, breaking the franchise mark that Buddy Groom set in 1997.

BREWERS: The Miller Park roof leaked again when rain started falling in the sixth inning, but not as much water came through as at earlier times this year. ... Shortstop Jose Hernandez, who at 188 strikeouts is one shy of Bobby Bonds' single-season record, was given the day off.

INDIANS: Minor-league outfielder Jason Fitzgerald was sent to Atlanta to complete a March21 trade for catcher Eddie Perez.

ROCKIES: Outfielder Larry Walker left in the fourth inning with soreness in his left shoulder, an injury that has bothered him most of the month. He is day to day. ... Rookie Jason Jennings failed in his third attempt at his 17th win, which would tie the franchise single-season record set by Kevin Ritz in 1996 and equaled by Pedro Astacio in 1999.

ROYALS: First baseman Mike Sweeney sat out with stiffness in his lower back. At .342, Sweeney is hitting .001 behind leader Manny Ramirez of the Red Sox.

YANKEES: Closer Mariano Rivera (strained shoulder) threw in the bullpen without a problem and probably will be activated from the 15-day disabled list this weekend. Outfielders Bernie Williams (left knee inflammation) and Shane Spencer (left hamstring) sat out Thursday against the Rays. Pitcher David Wells, who missed a scheduled start Wednesday because of a stomach virus, said he felt 100 percent better and is scheduled to pitch Sunday. ... Third-base prospect Drew Henson will not travel with the team for a three-game series that begins tonight at Detroit.

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