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July 16, 2001

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Struggling Cubs waiting for McGriff

Chicago Runs are scarce for the Chicago Cubs and they're still hoping Fred McGriff will accept a trade from Tampa Bay and give them an offensive lift as a cleanup hitter behind Sammy Sosa.

Word that McGriff hit two homers Sunday for the Devil Rays in Atlanta quickly reached Cubs manager Don Baylor shortly after his team's 2-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals.

"It didn't help us. Good for him," Baylor said. "I hope it's around the corner. We could use his offense, believe me."

The Cubs and Devil Rays have agreed to a trade that would give Tampa Bay two prospects in exchange for McGriff. But McGriff has a no-trade clause and must approve the deal.

McGriff refused to discuss the Cubs following the Devil Rays' 9-1 win Sunday but did say:

"I've got a nice little family. I'm very happy," he said.

Torre: Steinbrenner didn't comment on All-Star selections

Philadelphia New York manager Joe Torre denied that owner George Steinbrenner told him not to take too many Yankees to the All-Star game.

Torre, speaking to reporters before the Yankees played the Phillies at Veterans Stadium on Sunday, said Steinbrenner in the past has expressed concern over how many Yankees went to the All-Star game.

"He didn't tell me that this year," Torre said. "He likes to see a lot of guys make it because it's a credit to the team, but he also wants them to rest."

Steinbrenner, in Florida on Saturday to watch two of his horses race at Calder racetrack, questioned whether Torre made the right decision by selecting seven Yankees because the team lost its first two games after the break to the Marlins by a combined score of 20-4.

"The All-Star Game has turned into too much of a festival," Steinbrenner said in Sunday's Newsday. "I told Torre he shouldn't have taken so many people for the team. They looked like they needed sleep. ... Winning the World Series is what's important, not the All-Star game."

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