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CONE OUT FOR SERIES: David Cone is out for the remainder of the AL division series against the Cleveland Indians with an ailing right shoulder.

Cone's shoulder will force him to miss the rest of the AL division series against the Cleveland Indians. The 34-year-old right-hander, scratched from his scheduled Game 4 start on Sunday, felt something snap while throwing between starts."He's scratched for Sunday," Yankees manager Joe Torre said Friday. "After that, we're not sure."

An MRI showed only swelling, but Cone will have to miss at least one start.

"The best case scenario is he could be back in the next round if the Yankees advance," team orthopedist Stuart Hershon said.

Dwight Gooden, 5-0 with a 2.88 ERA in five career starts against the Indians, will start in Cone's place. Indians manager Mike Hargrove said he hasn't decided whether to come back with Game 1 starter Orel Hershiser, or hand the ball to sinkerballer Chad Ogea or Jeff Juden.

The series is tied 1-1 heading into Saturday's matchup at Jacobs Field between New York's David Wells and Cleveland's Charles Nagy.

VINCENT BLASTS ROSE: If Pete Rose wants to be reinstated into baseball, former commissioner Fay Vincent said he first needs to admit that he bet on baseball.

"Pete Rose bet on baseball. There is no question about that," Vincent said this week on "The Fabulous Sports Babe" radio show. "What Pete Rose ought to do is admit it and then talk to baseball. But trying to pretend that he didn't bet on baseball is just not going to be productive in my view.

"The American public will forgive almost anything," Vincent added. "Forgiveness starts with admission and until that happens, I don't really think Pete's on the right course."

Rose, who was banned from baseball for life in 1989, applied for reinstatement last month. The ban has kept Rose out of the Hall of Fame.

PADRES KEEP JOYNER: The San Diego Padres exercised the $3.75-million option Friday on first baseman Wally Joyner's contract for the 1998 season.

Joyner had a career-high .327 batting average in 1997, finishing fifth in the National League. In his 12th season in the major leagues, Joyner also had 29 doubles, 13 home runs and 83 RBI in 135 games.