Teams still looking for help 

March, 8, 2007
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- They know more than anyone. J.P. Ricciardi and John Gibbons know if they are going to beat the empires of The Bronx and The Fens, they have to find two more starting pitchers, just as Pat Gillick and Charlie Manuel know the Phillies need another reliever or two for all those 8-7 games in Philadelphia. And Roger Clemens knows Brian Cashman, Joe Torre and The Boss know the Yankees would prefer him in the four hole, allowing Kei Igawa and Carl Pavano to finish the end of the rotation.

So this is the search period of spring training, although Clemens is still two months from deciding if and where he is going to pitch. "Rocket's just enjoying being The Rocket," said one Yankee. "I don't blame him." Hence the visit to Legends Field Tuesday to watch Andy Pettitte pitch after playing a round of golf with Arnold Palmer.

"We still don't know what we have in Pavano or Igawa," says one Yankee coach. "This team is really good, but you don't expect to have answers the first week of March."