Series hero Sojo makes Yanks' roster
Posted: Wednesday October 10, 2001 1:51 PM
Luis Sojo enters the postseason with just one hit in the last two months. Jed Jacobsohn/Allsport
NEW YORK (AP) -- World Series hero Luis Sojo made the roster for
the New York Yankees in their first-round series against the
Sojo, who had the game-winning hit in the World Series clincher
against the Mets last year, was one of Yankees manager Joe Torre's
final picks heading into the best-of-five series with the A's that
begins Wednesday night.
Sojo has only one hit in the past two months, getting little
playing time off the Yankees' bench. But he provides steady infield
defense and a good postseason record.
Sojo drove in nine runs during last year's postseason, tying
Derek Jeter for second most on the Yankees.
Torre opted to go with 10 pitchers, leaving lefty specialist
Randy Choate off the roster.
Mariano Rivera, Mike Stanton, Ramiro Mendoza, Mark Wohlers, Jay
Witasick and Sterling Hitchcock will be New York's relievers.
The Yankees also went with utilityman Clay Bellinger over
outfielder Gerald Williams, who struggled with a .170 average after
being picked up in June.
The other backups for New York are catcher Todd Greene,
outfielder Shane Spencer, and infielders Randy Velarde and Enrique
A's manager Art Howe left off Gil Heredia, who won Game 1
against the Yankees last year before being knocked out in the first
inning of the decisive fifth game.
Heredia didn't start after July 26 and was used only sparingly
as a reliever.
Howe did go with 11 pitchers, taking Jason Isringhausen, Jim
Mecir, Mike Magnante, Mark Guthrie, Erik Hiljus, Jeff Tam and Chad
Bradford as his relievers.
Oakland's backup position players are outfielders Ron Gant and
Eric Byrnes; infielders F.P. Santangelo and Olmedo Saenz; and
catcher Greg Myers.
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