Hurls Gone Wild
March 21
New York Post: "Mariano Rivera morphed into Mitch Williams yesterday in a Legends Field bullpen, and the Yankees could have cared less if Rivera's location resembled Wild Thing's."


Rivera on wild side
March 21
New York Daily News: "Mariano Rivera returned to the mound for the first time in over a week yesterday and, at first glance, he didn't seem particularly happy."


Rivera heads good bullpen news
March 21
Newark Star-Ledger (registration required): "Closer Mariano Rivera and setup man Paul Quantrill, who sat out last week with injuries, returned to the mound yesterday with bullpen sessions. Both could pitch in tomorrow night's game."


Moose Has No Problem Being Deuce
March 21
New York Post columnist Jay Greenberg: "It's a long shadow that 6-10 Randy Johnson casts, enabling Mike Mussina, Carl Pavano, Jaret Wright and Kevin Brown, that prince of darkness, to have it made in The Big Unit's shade."


Moose has blah outing
March 21
Newsday: "Mussina allowed five runs and nine hits in his fourth outing of spring training - his second straight of four innings and his first one that has truly been subpar."


Moose falls
March 21
Bergen Record (registration required): "Mike Mussina's worst start of the spring came at the worst time for George Steinbrenner, who hates losing exhibition games to the Devil Rays."


Yanks' Lineup Black & Blue
March 21
New York Post: "Yesterday the Yankees learned Derek Jeter has a bruised left foot hours before Bernie Williams suffered a back injury that forced him to be scratched prior to a 5-3 loss to the Devil Rays at Progress Energy Park."


Sore spots for Bernie and Jeter
March 21
New York Daily News: "Derek Jeter woke up with a sore foot yesterday morning, and Bernie Williams ended up with a sore back yesterday afternoon."


Add Williams To List Of Annoying Injuries
March 21
Newsday: "That's because Bernie Williams stopped taking batting practice to tell trainers he felt discomfort in the upper right part of his back."


Painful day in the pinstripes
March 21
Bergen Record (registration required): "During batting practice at Al Lang Field, Bernie Williams strained his right upper back and was forced out of the lineup."


Bernie's strain not a big deal to Torre
March 21
Newark Star-Ledger (registration required): "Bernie Williams was scratched after suffering a strained back in batting practice, Derek Jeter sat out with a bruised left foot (X-rays taken yesterday showed no break) and Mariano Rivera is working his way back from elbow bursitis."


Williams Latest Vet Slowed By Injury
March 21
Hartford Courant (registration required): "Bernie Williams was taking batting practice Sunday morning, and suddenly felt a 'dull poke' in his back."


Backache Sidelines Williams
March 21
Tampa Tribune: "OF Bernie Williams joined SS Derek Jeter as one of the Yankees' walking wounded Sunday when he strained his upper right back in batting practice."


For Yanks, Devil Rays Offer Glimpse of Baseball's Parallel Universe
March 21
New York Times (registration required): "Even by their standards - and that is saying something - the Tampa Bay Devil Rays had an eventful Saturday. Roberto Alomar and Danny Bautista, their top free-agent acquisitions, retired. Not playing at all, it seems, is preferable to starting for the Devil Rays."


Greetings from Tampa
March 21
Newsday: "Jason Giambi is a man of many bats. Even for yesterday's spring-training game in St. Petersburg, he tossed about a dozen bats of varying weights into the bag for transport."