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Old 05-14-2008, 04:37 PM   #7
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Interesting change of events.......

Hank wants Yankees to play more like Rays

ESPN.com news services

With the New York Yankees falling two games under .500, team senior vice president Hank Steinbrenner is weighing in.

And he wants to see more effort out of baseball's best-paid team, or changes could be on the horizon.

This is going to get turned around. If it's not turned around this year, then it will be turned around next year, by force if we have to.

"They've got to play smarter and harder," he said Wednesday. "The injuries -- when you're missing Alex Rodriguez and Jorge Posada, that makes it tough. The injuries make a huge difference. At the same time, you've got to get it done. We still have plenty of good hitters. We need to get the job done."

In fact, Steinbrenner wants to see the Yankees play more like the Tampa Bay Rays, who had two straight wins over New York heading into Wednesday's game. The Rays, AL East cellar-dwellers for most of their history, moved into first place with Tuesday night's 2-1 win in 11 innings.

In an interview with the New York Post, Steinbrenner pointed to the Rays as an example of a team playing the game with effort and passion, saying his team has "got to start playing the way the Rays are playing."
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