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Quote: "As a fan, I can watch and second-guess like the best of them. I get a kick out of it. It keeps the players interested, and they had a little fun. In a 162-game season, it's nice to be able to enjoy the last day."

-- Joe Torre, who turned over his managerial duties to outfielder Paul O'Neill yesterday during the Yankees' regular-season finale, against Tampa Bay.

It's a fact: With Saturday night's 3-2 victory at Tampa Bay, Torre became the first Yankees manager to win 400 games in his first four seasons.

Who's hot: Kansas City's Carlos Beltran has 304 total bases, breaking the team rookie record of 301, by Kevin Seitzer in 1987.

Who's not: Texas' Rick Helling has allowed 41 home runs, most in the majors. He broke the Rangers' record of 40 set by Ferguson Jenkins in 1979.

On deck: New York opens the postseason tomorrow night at Yankee Stadium against Texas. Cleveland opens at home against Boston on Wednesday night.

Pub Date: 10/04/99

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