Report: Mattingly to replace Mazzilli on Yankees' bench

NEW YORK -- Don Mattingly will take over as bench coach for
the New York Yankees next season, replacing Lee Mazzilli, according
to a newspaper report.

The move puts Mattingly one step closer to manager Joe Torre's
job, making him the favorite to take over when the long-time
skipper leaves, according to the report, posted Thursday night on
Newsday's Web site.

The Yankees would not confirm the report when reached Thursday
night by The Associated Press.

Torre's contract expires after next season. Mattingly has been
the Yankees' hitting coach for three seasons.

Mazzilli was fired during his second season as manager of the
Baltimore Orioles and joined the Yankees as the bench coach last
November. He also was New Yok's first base and outfield coach from

As a player, Mattingly was a six-time All Star with a career
batting average of .307 in 14 major league seasons, all with the