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Tim Crothers
May 11, 1998
Texas Tornadoes
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May 11, 1998

Baseball

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This isn't the first time Torre has relied on speed to win games. During the first half of the '96 world championship season-before the Yankees signed Strawberry and traded for Cecil Fielder—the team played National League-style baseball, or, as bench coach Don Zimmer puts it, "getting by without home run hitters." Coincidentally, so far this season the Yankees rank 10th in homers in the league; O'Neill has hit only one and Williams none. It's hard to believe, but it may not be long before opposing pitchers have to start throwing more fastballs to curtail the Yankees' running game, which could help transform the club back into the familiar Bronx Bombers.

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