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Yanks lose pitcher in Rule 5 Draft

Yanks lose pitcher in Rule 5 Draft

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.

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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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