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Girardi offered Yankees’ job

The New York Yankees have offered the manager’s job to Joe Girardi and are negotiating a contract with his agent, a baseball official said Monday.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because a deal hasn’t been formalized, said general manager Brian Cashman made the recommendation for a successor to Joe Torre and it was accepted by the Yankees.

Girardi beat out former Yankees star and bench coach Don Mattingly, the early favorite, and first-base coach Tony Pena, who had the most managerial experience of the candidates. Girardi spent this season as a Yankees TV announcer after he was fired by the Florida Marlins last year.

“Don was extremely disappointed to learn today that he wasn’t the organization’s choice to fill the managerial vacancy,” Mattingly’s agent, Ray Schulte, said in an e-mail. “Instead, he was informed the organization offered the position to Joe Girardi.”

Schulte said Mattingly told the Yankees he isn’t interested in a coaching position next year.


Red Sox fans cash in

When Marty Rodweller uses a $2,000 windfall to either remodel her bathroom or take a trip to Ireland next spring, she’ll be thanking the Boston Red Sox.

The 53-year-old academic counselor from Danvers, Mass., is among several thousand Red Sox fans who are cashing in on a promotion run by a furniture store that offered full rebates if Boston won the World Series.

The Red Sox beat the Colorado Rockies 4-3 Sunday night, completing the four-game sweep.

The four-store Jordan’s Furniture chain promised free sofas, chairs, dining tables and beds to customers who bought between March 7 and April 16 if the Red Sox won the championship. About 30,000 orders were taken during the promotion.

CEO Eliot Tatelman hasn’t disclosed how much the rebates would total, but he won’t have to pay it all. He bought an insurance policy to cover the losses.


Mangini hands ball to Clemens

Chad Pennington’s tenure as the New York Jets’ starting quarterback is over.

Coach Eric Mangini said Monday he’s going with Kellen Clemens as his starter for Sunday’s game against Washington. The Jets are 1-7.

“I made this decision not based on singling out Chad for where we are, but based on the fact that I think Kellen has earned this opportunity,” Mangini said.

Clemens, in his second season out of Oregon, replaced an ineffective Pennington late in the Jets’ 13-3 loss to Buffalo on Sunday. He was just 5 of 12 for 67 yards and two interceptions.