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Yanks lose pitcher in Rule 5 Draft

Yanks lose pitcher in Rule 5 Draft

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Yankees lost one player in Thursday's Rule 5 Draft, but since word filtering through the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center was that at least two players piqued clubs' interest, general manager Brian Cashman could call the procedure a success.

The San Diego Padres claimed Double-A right-hander Michael Gardner from the Yankees in the Major League portion of the Draft. Purchased for $50,000, Gardner must be kept on San Diego's 25-man roster for the entire season or be offered back to New York for $25,000.

Gardner, 26, went 3-5 with a 2.88 ERA in 44 games (three starts) for Double-A Trenton of the Eastern League. In 81 1/3 innings, Gardner allowed 72 hits and 32 runs (26 earned), walking 30 and striking out 66. The Padres said they envision him in their bullpen mix.

Cashman said that he had been told by clubs that other players left unprotected by the Yankees also held interest. New York left infielder Eric Duncan and right-hander Steven Jackson off its 40-man roster, meaning that any club could have taken them for the $50,000 fee.

"I'm glad that we held onto what we held onto," Cashman said.

In the Minor League phase of the Draft, the Yankees selected right-hander Bo Hall from the Milwaukee Brewers' Triple-A roster.

Hall, 27, went 5-2 with a 3.46 ERA in 34 relief appearances for Double-A Huntsville of the Southern League. In 54 2/3 innings, Hall allowed 41 hits and 22 runs (21 earned), walking 36 and striking out 56.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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