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Yanks Add Thames, Claussen graman

November 19, 2001

NEW YORK (AP) _ The New York Yankees on Monday bought the contracts of outfielder Marcus Thames and left-handers Brandon Claussen and Alex Graman from Norwich of the Double-A Eastern League.

Thames, 24, hit .321 (167-for-520) with 114 runs, 43 doubles, 31 homers and 97 RBIs. He was taken by the Yankees in the 30th round of the 1996 amateur draft.

Claussen, 22, was 9-2 with a 2.13 ERA in 21 starts for Norwich and 5-2 with a 2.73 ERA in eight starts for Class-A Tampa. Claussen, a 34th-round draft pick in 1998, led the minor leagues with 151 strikeouts.

Graman, 24, was 12-9 with a 3.52 ERA and 138 strikeouts for Norwich. He was a third-round draft pick in 1999.

New York has 36 players on its 40-man roster.

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