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Rotation sends heads spinning

By MIKE READLING

© St. Petersburg Times, published February 23, 1999


TAMPA -- Fans and coaches got a glimpse of things to come Monday morning as all five starters worked out for the first time as a group.

David Cone, Andy Pettitte, Orlando Hernandez, Hideki Irabu and newly acquired Roger Clemens threw for 15 minutes in the bullpen as several coaches and manager Joe Torre watched.

"It was funny," Torre said. "I walked out there, and all of a sudden there they were. It was like a theater. Everything looked fine. The trickery of it was trying to get all five to pitch out at the same time."

Torre said he spent most of his time watching Cone and was pleased with what he saw. "Coney looked free and easy; he had no trouble with the ball leaving his hand." EVERYBODY'S HERE: Torre said that as far as he knew, every player who was supposed to report Monday had done so. The Yankees expect 56 players in camp when full-squad workouts begin at 10 this morning.

"I haven't been told if anybody didn't show," Torre said.

EARLY TWANG: Reliever Mike Stanton sat out the workout with a stiff back. "It's a chronic thing with Mike," Torre said. "It comes and goes at least once during every spring. After the initial workout, it usually gets better."

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