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Steinbrenner spends 3 hours in office

TAMPA, Fla. -- New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner spent three hours in his office at the team's spring training complex Thursday and said he was feeling well.

Steinbrenner, who celebrated his 79th birthday on July 4, has kept a low profile since turning over the daily operation of the Yankees to his sons, Hank and Hal Steinbrenner, almost two years ago.

Also, Yankees left-handed reliever Damaso Marte, sidelined for 2½ months with weakness and tendinitis in his pitching shoulder, allowed one run and two hits over one inning in his first injury rehabilitation outing with the Gulf Coast League Yankees.

Marte threw 11 of 12 pitches for strikes, and reported no problems. He is scheduled to pitch in another GCL game Saturday.

The Yankees were off Thursday. They resume after the All-Star break Friday night when they host the AL Central-leading Detroit Tigers.