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Yanks Held to One Hit, Will Name Evans Today
Newsday - Long Island, N.Y.
Author: By Jon Heyman. Tom Verducci contributed to this story
Date: Jun 8, 1990
Start Page: 174
Section: SPORTS
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The Yankees have lost six straight and 11 of 12 games and are 18-33 overall - worst in the majors. It is the Yankees' worst 51-game record in 77 years. Operating without a fulltime hitting coach since the firing of Champ Summers on Wednesday, the Yankees have amassed just three hits in 57 at-bats for a .053 batting average under the [Stump Merrill] regime. Perhaps some hitting guidance is needed.

It will come with the 43-year-old [Darrell Evans], the former Tigers, Giants and Braves power hitter who is known as a positive influence in the clubhouse. Evans ended his playing career this spring when he was released by the Braves. He had 414 career home runs and a .248 lifetime batting average. Maybe he ought to be activated.

Vice president George Bradley said only that there will be "two separate announcements at different times {today}." Two club sources confirmed that Evans will be named hitting coach, another indication that Bradley is calling the shots. He knows Evans well from their years together with the Tigers, 1984-85.

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