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Come See the Circus Freak at the Yankee Game

For the first time all spring, the Yankees trotted out relief pitcher Pat Venditte yesterday. Venditte is of interest because he is the baseball equivalent of a juggling bear or a bearded lady: Venditte is ambidextrous. He threw one and a third innings yesterday, giving up one run, facing three batters while throwing left handed and three throwing right. Venditte is 24 years old and will be assigned to Class A Tampa this year; that is to say, he is pretty far from the major leagues. "I don't have overpowering stuff from either side, so I think I need this to continue pitching," Venditte said. It is funny to watch him pitch, though: He is this generation's abundant answer to Pete Gray. But he'll probably need another draft of current players off to war to make the Bigs.

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