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ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 21: Manager Joe Torre of the Los Angeles Dodgers looks on from the dugout during the game with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on June 21, 2009 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California.   (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Kevin RozellSenior Writer IJune 24, 2009

(The Voice of Yankees Universe)

Proctor would like a second chance with the Yankees. He is injured and out for the remainder of the season. Scott is a recovering alcoholic who has been attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings for more than a month. Proctor’s contract is up after the season, and he said that he would love to play for the Yankees again. He made an appearance during this past Yanks/Marlins series to see his old teammates. He wanted to speak to Brian Cashman to tell him that he is a changed man, but he was not on the trip. “I pretty much have a new arm,” Proctor said. “I hope I have another career to do it the right way.”

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Yankees sign Dominican catcher Gary Sanchez for $2.5M.Sanchez is only 16 years-old, but he isn’t able to sign officially until July 2nd. This report is coming from connections in the D.R., so nothing is final or guaranteed until he signs on the dotted line. This is interesting, as the Yankees already have Jesus Montero and Austin Romine. “He is a big kid with a big arm,” a Latin American talent evaluator for an NL team said of the 6-foot-2, 210-pound Sanchez. “I would like to have him, but $2.5 million is a lot of money. He has a thick body. He is a real good hitter, but he doesn’t hit like Jesus Montero.” “Sanchez shows a lot of power in batting practice, but it doesn’t always transfer to games when the swing gets a little long,” the scout said. “He is an interesting guy.”

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A belated congratulations to Joe Torre on becoming the 5th all-time winningest manager in the history of Major League Baseball. With the victory on 6/19, Torre broke a tie with Sparky Anderson on the all-time list. He only trails Connie Mack (3,731), John McGraw (2,763), Tony La Russa (2,497) and Bobby Cox (2,357).

He even thanked George Steinbrenner….

“If you told me a dozen years ago that I’d be in this rarefied air, I’d tell you you’re full of baloney — because I certainly started way under .500 when I took over the New York Yankees in 1996,” Torre said. “But I have to thank George Steinbrenner for putting me in a position to do this.”

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C.C. Sabathia’s bullpen session has been pushed back.His bullpen session will be held tomorrow at Turner Field. If everything goes right, he will be able to pitch against the Mets in the Subway Series at Citifield. He will throw 20-25 pitches in the pen, but he will treat it just like any other session. “I will throw a light bullpen and I will be fine,” Sabathia said today. “We will see how (today) goes. I am still ready to throw Friday.” This is a big deal, considering he is the ace of this Yankee team. A big part of this team’s success lands on this guys shoulders. ”A lot of people will have a sigh of relief,” Joe Girardi said about Sabathia coming through the exercise ready to start Friday. “We need this guy, no doubt.”

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Major League Baseball denies Yankees’ protest over disputed loss to Marlins. The Yankees deserved to lose this game, but it doesn’t take away the fact that the Marlins used an illegitimate player. Something should have been done…

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Jon Heyman made a list of ten teams that could add payroll to their club this season. He didn’t forget about the Yankees though:

And, of course, we can’t really count out one more team …

11. Yankees: Of course, they can never be ignored, not with their through-the-roof revenues. History tells us they may find a few extra bucks (or more than a few), if needed. They did sell some of those $2,500 seats, after all.

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