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MANNY RAMIREZ TIES RECORD FOR CONSECUTIVE HOME RUNS
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MANNY RAMIREZ TIES RECORD FOR CONSECUTIVE HOME RUNS

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Cleveland's Manny Ramirez tied a major league record with a homer in his fourth consecutive at-bat Wednesday night.

Ramirez, who homered in his last three at-bats Tuesday night, hit his 41st homer on a 1-1 pitch from Bob Tewksbury. The three-run shot gave Ramirez five hits in his last 35 at-bats - all homers.Ramirez is the first player to homer in four straight at-bats since Detroit's Bobby Higginson on June 30 and July 1, 1997. He is the third Indians player to do it, joining Rocky Colavito (one game) in 1959 and Willie Kirkland (two games) in 1961.

LOOKING FOR A LEADER: When people around the Phillies are asked to name the team's biggest needs, everyone from general manager Ed Wade to ace pitcher Curt Schilling has been able to answer in one word: pitching. Third baseman Scott Rolen also answers the question with one word. But surprisingly, that word is not ``pitching.'

``Leadership,' Rolen said without hesitation. ``We need a leader.'

Without going into specifics, Rolen painted a picture of a young team that has dearly missed the intangible influence of Darren Daulton. With the team slated to get even younger next season, Rolen thinks it will be hard for this club to continue its climb without adding an every-day veteran player who has leadership qualities.

DOLAN WANTS YANKEES: Cablevision Systems Corp. Chairman Charles Dolan is negotiating to buy the New York Yankees for as much as $500 million to add it to the company's stable of sports teams and cable channels, the New York Post reported. Cablevision and Yankees majority owner George Steinbrenner reportedly held talks earlier this year, though a spokesman for the team said it wasn't for sale. The Yankees declined to comment today on the report, which was based on unnamed sources.

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