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TRUTH + RUMORS

Aug. 30, 2004
Aug. 30, 2004

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TRUTH + RUMORS

Braves closer John Smoltz (right) wants to start next year. He can become a free agent after the season and could leave (the Yankees have always liked him) or return to Atlanta on the condition that he start.

This is an article from the Aug. 30, 2004 issue Original Layout

--New York Newsday (8/22)

Cubs general manager Jim Hendry says he's not in the market for a closer for the stretch run, even though Jose Mesa and Ugueth Urbina may be available. Hendry also denied that the Cubs were interested in Seattle reliever Shigetoshi Hasegawa.

--Chicago Tribune (8/22)

Bills running back Willis McGahee denies that he asked the team to trade him if he's not named the starter over Travis Henry.

--Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (8/22)

Impending free agent Carl Pavano likes Miami, but if the Yankees offer $8 million a year, Florida will be hard-pressed to keep him.

--Miami Herald (8/22)

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COLOR PHOTOGREGORY SMITH/AP (SMOLTZ)