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© St. Petersburg Times, published September 3, 2000


Knoblauch lashes outat the Boss

NEW YORK -- Chuck Knoblauch fired back at Yankees owner George Steinbrenner on Saturday after the Boss once again questioned his second baseman's injured arm.

"If I don't have the throwing problem, no one questions if I'm hurt," Knoblauch said in a profanity-laced interview. "I spent 10 years in the majors and never went on the DL. I go on once and everyone questions if I'm hurt. That's a bunch of bull. I'm not hiding from anything. I'm tired of being questioned. What do I have to hide from?"

Knoblauch, whose season has been plagued by throwing woes and various arm injuries, has been out since Aug. 3 with tendinitis in his right elbow.

"I have no answers about Knoblauch," Steinbrenner said in Saturday's Daily News. "We've had players come down to Tampa all year and had success (getting them healthy or restoring their confidence). With him, we've failed.

"He's coming back and maybe when he's face to face with his teammates he'll want to get out there. I'm not saying he doesn't have pain. If he says he does, then maybe he does. It's just that our doctors and trainers can't find it."

The team, meanwhile, recalled right-handed reliever Jay Tessmer from Triple A.

ASTROS: Catcher Tony Eusebio, who set the club record with a 24-game hitting streak that ended Tuesday, is scheduled for shoulder surgery this week and will be out for the rest of the season. He suffered a third-degree separation of his right shoulder Friday when he went head-over-heels into the Astros dugout trying to catch a pop foul.

MARINERS: Seattle, mired in its worst stretch of the season, got rightfielder Jay Buhner back. He was sidelined since Aug. 17 with a sprained right pinky and right wrist.

PADRES: Phil Nevin put another exclamation mark on his remarkable rebirth with a torrid August that should earn him the National League's player of the month award and enhance his status as one of baseball's best bargains. The third baseman capped his August onslaught by driving in 12 runs in a four-game series against the Cubs, finishing the month with a .394 average, 9 doubles, 9 home runs and 29 RBI.

RED SOX: Right-hander Bret Saberhagen's bid for a comeback from his third shoulder surgery is over. "I didn't want to (stop). It wasn't me," he said. "It was a combination of my shoulder and the management. It comes to a point in the season when you need to." ... Right-hander Ramon Martinez, sidelined since July 31 with a right knee contusion, started for Boston. The 32-year-old entered the game 8-6 with a 6.14 ERA in 21 starts. Entering Saturday's game, though, Martinez ranked 107th out of 107 starters with at least 15 starts in average innings, going just 4.74 per start.

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