Baseball Notable

George Steinbrenner

has spoken: For now, manager

Joe Torre

has his backing to turn around the last place New York Yankees after a 9-14 start that the owner called "clearly not acceptable."

Steinbrenner challenged players and staff "to show me and the fans what they are made of."

The Yanks open a three-game series in Texas against the Rangers tonight.

New York Mets pitcher Orlando Hernandez has bursitis in his right shoulder and second baseman Jose Valentin has a partially torn knee ligament. Both wound up on the 15-day disabled list.

A former Mets clubhouse worker, who admitted selling performance-enhancing drugs to major-league players, testified last week before a federal grand jury in San Francisco that is investigating steroid use, court records showed.

Federal prosecutors charged Kirk Radomski on April 12 but asked a federal judge to seal the case until Radomski testified before the same grand jury investigating San Francisco Giant slugger Barry Bonds for perjury.

St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols was awarded a walk on three balls during last night's 7-1 loss to Milwaukee. Former teammate Jeff Suppan was the Brewers' pitcher.

Toronto Blue Jays minor-league pitcher Matt Roney, 27, was suspended for 50 games, beginning last Saturday, after testing positive for drug abuse.

Shortstop Davey Concepcion will have his No. 13 retired by the Cincinnati Reds on July 28. He played from 1970 to '88.

- Associated Press