“He’s on a big hook.”

Despite constant speculation about manager Joe Torre’s job, New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner says someone else also needs to deliver as the team looks to reverse its floundering start: general manager Brian Cashman. “We hope we have turned it around,” Steinbrenner said of the Yankees’ fortunes. “He’s on a big hook,” a spirited Steinbrenner told The Associated Press in a rare interview from this Tampa office. “He wanted sole authority. He got it. Now he’s got to deliver.” Steinbrenner’s comments came with the Yankees’ record at 21-24, sitting 9½ games behind the American League East-leading Boston Red Sox. The Boss said he was encouraged by the Yankees’ performance this week in taking two out of three games from Boston — and he felt the return of Roger Clemens could provide another boost.

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