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MLB: No decision made on Torre

TAMPA, Fla. -- Joe Torre's future with the Yankees remained unclear Tuesday after team officials gathered at the home of owner George Steinbrenner to debate whether the manager should return for a 13th season.

"The meetings are adjourned for tonight," spokesman Howard Rubenstein said shortly after the session ended about 4 p.m Eastern Standard Time. "There have been no decisions made, nor will there be any comment today. The meetings will resume tomorrow."

Steinbrenner told The Record of Hackensack, N.J., on Oct. 6 that he didn't think he'd bring back the manager if the Yankees failed to advance to the AL Championship Series. Cleveland then eliminated New York in four games, sending New York to its third straight first-round exit.

The owner's sons, Hank and Hal, were seen at the owner's house, along with son-in-law Felix Lopez. Yankees president Randy Levine, chief operating officer Lonn Trost, general manager Brian Cashman and assistant general manager Jean Afterman also were in town.

Torre has managed the Yankees to the playoffs in all 12 of his seasons and helped the team win the World Series in four of his first five years. But the Yankees haven't won the World Series since 2000 and haven't won the AL pennant since 2003.

If Torre doesn't return, bench coach Don Mattingly is the leading contender to take over. Yankees broadcaster Joe Girardi, the NL Manager of the Year with the Florida Marlins in 2006, is another possibility.

The Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J., reported Tuesday that Mattingly told a member of the Steinbrenner family he does not feel ready for the manager's job and is uncomfortable with replacing Torre. Ray Schulte, a spokesman for Mattingly, said the report was "completely false, totally fabricated and took Don completely by surprise."

ORTIZ: I'M OK TO PLAY -- David Ortiz's injured knee isn't an issue to Boston manager Terry Francona.

Ortiz said after Monday night's 4-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians in Game 3 of the AL Championship Series that his right knee was swollen Sunday but that the swelling subsided. He said he never considered sitting out the rest of the playoffs.

ESPNdeportes.com reported that before Monday's game, Ortiz said, "After Saturday's game, my right knee was so swollen that I feared I wouldn't play again for the rest of the series."

"I don't know where that came from," Francona said Tuesday, "but I just talked to David for about 20 minutes today and it didn't even come up."

Ortiz plans to have surgery on the knee, which has bothered him for much of the season.

ANGELS' GM STEPS DOWN -- Bill Stoneman spent so much time building the Angels into a perennial contender that he knew when he didn't have enough energy to stay on as the team's general manager.

Stoneman stepped down Tuesday, saying he wanted to spend more time with his wife, Diane. He was replaced by player development director Tony Reagins.

"She didn't know when she married me that I would have a mistress," Stoneman said, alluding to the demands of his baseball career. "Right now, I'm leaving my mistress."

The 63-year-old Stoneman, who will remain with Los Angeles as a senior adviser, became the Angels general manager in November 1999 and the team improved by 12 wins in his first season. After making the playoffs only three times previously, the Angels advanced to the postseason four times under Stoneman. They won their only World Series championship in 2002.

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