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Notebook: Former MVP lands in jail

| Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2004

Former NL Most Valuable Player Ken Caminiti has failed four drug tests since going on probation in 2002 for possession of cocaine, including one last week that landed him in jail, his probation officer said Tuesday.

Caminiti remained in the Harris County jail yesterday after his private meeting with probation officer Tracy Burns. She has handled his case since he was sentenced to three years' deferred adjudication probation after his 2001 arrest in a Houston motel room. Caminiti told a magazine he was using performance-enhancing drugs when he won the 1996 MVP award as a member of the San Diego Padres.

  • Jason Giambi returned to the Yankees' lineup last night for the first time since July 23 and was in the No. 6 slot in the batting order for New York's game against Kansas City. New York manager Joe Torre said his plan was to use Giambi strictly as a designated hitter. With the Clippers' elimination in the International League playoffs, all of the Yankees' farm teams have completed their seasons, so the major league team was the only place to get Giambi game time.

  • Manager Art Howe met with New York Mets owner Fred Wilpon and general manager Jim Duquette yesterday, one day after saying that if the team planned to fire him, it should do it now. "When something should be announced, it will be announced," Howe said. "Nothing is being disclosed at this time. All I can say is I'm managing tonight. I take it one day at a time. It's not over yet." The Daily News reported on Monday that Mets brass had decided at a weekend meeting to fire Howe at the end of the season. He has two years and $4.7 million remaining on his contract.

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