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BASEBALL DAILY REPORT : AROUND THE MAJOR LEAGUES : Indians: Morris Cut on Performance

Associated Press

Jack Morris’ release from the Cleveland Indians was not a result of his spending off days at his ranch in Montana, team officials said.

Cleveland Manager Mike Hargrove said Morris, who had a 10-6 record, would show up the day before he was scheduled to pitch and then return to Great Falls, Mont., immediately after the game. Morris, 39, told the Indians some of his help had quit and he had to help with the wheat harvest.

“The reason for his release is the way he pitched in his last five starts, not because he was going back and forth,” Hargrove said Tuesday night. “The way Jack was pitching, it was hard for us to stay competitive in the pennant race. And we just didn’t see it getting any better.”


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