Yankees Ready for Any Deal That Will Help Mound Staff: May Give Up on Scarborough Trade; White Sox Southpaws Could Aid Stengels Cause, Daily Racing Form, 1950-05-09


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, — __ Yankees Ready for Any Deal That Will Help Mound Staff * May Give Up on Scarborough Trade; White Sox Southpaws Could Aid Stengels Cause By BARNEY NAGLER NEW YORK, N. Y., May 8.— Just a couple of days ago, wherever you went at the Yankee Stadium, the talk was all about Ray Scarborough, of the Washington Senators. Would the world champions come up with this great pitcher from the Capital and thus assure themselves another flag? That was two days or so ago, sire. The tune has remained, but the words are different. In a sense, the malady has lingered on. The Yankees no longer are stressing their prime Interest in Scarborough. Theyll take any mound help that may come their way especially in light of the 15-0 drubbing imposed Thursday by the Chicago White Sox, and a pitcher named Bob Cain, out of Sauna, Kan., and way stations. Cain limited the Yankees to five hits, if memory serves, and his job underlined the Bronxites* defect in the hurling department. While Cain, a rookie who had been cast aside in the Giants farm system, was doing *J° ,;SLIj0pat was beinand °anged around by the White Sox. Thus, the Yankees weakness on the hill was once again brought home. Thats why Casey Stengel was working zealously yesterday to get himself some pitching help It was hinted that the Yankees might switch from the hunt in Washington to a safari among the White Sox. After all, Jack Onslow, the Chicago pilot, has a lot of wealth on his staff, which includes six starting lefties. With Cains name leading all the rest, the others are Bill Wight. Billy Pierce. Bob Kuzava, Jack Bruner and Mickey Heafher. At least two of these names are familiar. Heafner has been around. Wight once was a Yankee. Casey Wants a Helping Hand - But Stengel has said, repeatedly, "When I want pitching help Ill go wherever I can get it and pick a guy who can help us." In this he echoed the tune first made famous by George Weiss, the Yankees ultra-practical front office boss. So the Yankees would think nothing of trying to get Cain, for example, or even Kuzava or Wight. Any one of these guys would help the cause, now that Lopat and Vic Raschi have shown early signs of inability to live up to last years fine work. Apart from Lopat and Raschi, theres the problem of the Bronxites standout lefty, a fellow named Tommy Byrne, who conquered his wildness last season to become one of the stalwarts in the cripples drive for the championship. Nothing like that has come to pass. Byrne, who was to have pitched for the Stadium mob yesterday in that washed-out opener with the Indians, has yet to notch a victory in the first two weeks of the season. Where would a team seeking a lefty turn to more naturally than in the direction of the White Sox. Onslow has more lefties in the fold than a subversive organization. The White Sox could be cited by the attorney general. With the White Sox no pennant threat, Onslow may be a soft touch. It isnt often that a team with pennant ambitions trades away its strength. Rather, the team in the lower bracket helps out. In this regard, the White Sox qualify. While the Yankees pitching outlook was as dark as yesterdays rain,-there was brightness in the news that Tommy Hen-rich probably would be back at first against the Indians today. He has missed seven straight since his knee gave out and, after the treatment imposed by the White Sox, Stengel said: "We sure can use the help Henrich can give us by returning to the lineup. I watched him work out today and he wasnt bad at all." It was Stengels nice way of calling for help— any kind of help. He would like to have Henrich back at work and more help on the hill. Mr. Stengel has got a problem.

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