Mets fan pleads guilty to shining flashlight at Atlanta players

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YANKEES: Now that Joe Torre's job appears safe, at least temporarily, the New York manager doesn't want to hear any more about whether he might be fired.

He thinks a show of support from owner George Steinbrenner is enough.

"I'd like to believe that this may be the last day we'll ask those questions for a while," Torre said. "You don't want to think about it. ... The fact that George did what he did, hopefully it will make us have baseball be the center of attention."

Torre said he called Steinbrenner on Monday night to thank him for the statement issued earlier in the day, in which Steinbrenner expressed confidence that Torre and general manager Brian Cashman can turn the Yankees around.

- Torre's brother Frank, 75, was recovering and doing well Tuesday after kidney transplant surgery with an organ donated by his daughter.

- Yankees center fielder Johnny Damon, bothered by recent back troubles, didn't start Tuesday but expects to return to the lineup this week.

CARDINALS: Georgia native Dennis Dove was thrilled about his promotion to the big leagues. He just wishes it had come under different circumstances.

Dove, who was born in tiny Ocilla and played at Georgia Southern, got the call after relief pitcher Josh Hancock was killed in a car wreck.

METS: Moises Alou was in New York's lineup for Tuesday night's game after an MRI exam on his injured shoulder found no structural damage.

The former Augusta Pirate was diagnosed with irritation in the shoulder capsule. He also had an MRI on his arthritic left knee which turned out OK.

BANNED: A Mets fan has been banned from Shea Stadium for three years after pleading guilty on Tuesday to shining a high-powered flashlight at Atlanta Braves pitcher Tim Hudson and shortstop Edgar Renteria during a game there in April.

Frank Martinez, 40, of the Bronx, also must spend 15 days in jail as part of his sentence for interfering with a professional sporting event.

Twins: Activated infielder Jeff Cirillo from the 15-day disabled list.

INDIANS: Fausto Carmona, who dominated Baltimore in his last start, was optioned to Triple-A.

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