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Torre not worried over pen's woes10/09/2004 5:07 PM ET
By Mark Feinsand / MLB.com
MINNEAPOLIS -- As a whole, the Yankees' bullpen has posted some ugly numbers in the American League Division Series against the Twins, but manager Joe Torre feels good about the status of his relief corps.
Despite a collective 6.75 ERA and a rare blown save by Mariano Rivera, the Yankees have seen some good things from right-handers Tanyon Sturtze and Paul Quantrill. Sturtze threw 2 2/3 scoreless innings in Game 2 before allowing Torii Hunter's go-ahead home run in the 12th, while Quantrill has thrown two scoreless innings in the series.
Quantrill's performances have been big for the Yankees, considering the rough stretch he went through during the second half of the season. The right-hander posted a 6.19 ERA in August, a mark which ballooned to 10.50 in September. Before the All-Star break, Quantrill's ERA was 3.05 in 47 games. After the break, it was 7.09 in 39 outings.
Quantrill got the final out of the 12th inning of Game 2 to earn the victory. In Game 3, Quantrill allowed two hits in 1 2/3 innings, getting a big strikeout of Matthew LeCroy to end the seventh.
"He's got movement," Torre said. "He struck out LeCroy on a sinker, which was telling. He was good."
Sturtze, who threw 56 pitches on Wednesday, allowed singles to the two batters he faced on Friday. Because he warmed up three times and pitched in the game, Torre said that Sturtze is questionable for Game 4, though he said that he could give the team a piece of an inning if necessary.
The one sour spot on Friday was southpaw Felix Heredia, who did the job against left-hander Justin Morneau to get the last out in the eight, but then opened the ninth by hitting two batters before being lifted for Sturtze.
Heredia has gotten the job done over the past month when the Yankees have used him to face one or two lefties, but he isn't likely to see much extended action. In his final 10 regular-season outings, Heredia did not allow runs in nine of them, pitching no more than two-thirds of an inning in any one of them.
"He probably had too much time to think about it from the eighth to the ninth," Torre said. "We normally bring him in for his out or two outs, then send him upstairs. Mechanically, he went the other way last night. He was just rushing it up there for some strange reason."
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