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Sports in New York are in a frenzy this morning, waking up to news involving both of their baseball teams. Perhaps of more interest to Red Sox fans, Yankees ace Chien-Ming Wang‘s foot injury is worse than originally thought. While running the bases in the 13-0 victory over the Astros in Houston, Wang suffered a foot injury orginally slated to cost him six weeks. Now, new tests revealed a partially torn tendon in his sprained right foot. He’s out until at least September, and perhaps the season.
Across the city, Mets GM Omar Minaya fired manager Willie Randolph and two other coaches for the team’s poor performance. The Mets are currently 34-35, but hold a $138 million payroll so I don’t blame the Mets for the move. Randolph was also at the helm during the worst regular season collapse in the history of baseball, when the Phillies zoomed ahead and grabbed the NL East title after the Mets led for the whole season. Former White Sox manager Jerry Manuel will take over duties on an interim basis.