Final in 10

Series: Game 2 of 4

Series tied 1-1 (as of 7/12)

Game 1: Thursday, July 11
New York 7Final
Cleveland 4
Game 2: Friday, July 12
New York 1Final
in 10
Cleveland 2
Game 3: Saturday, July 13
New York 14Final
Cleveland 5
Game 4: Sunday, July 14
New York 7Final
Cleveland 10

Yankees 1

(56-33, 27-17 away)

Indians 2

(40-48, 22-19 home)

    7:05 PM ET, July 12, 2002

    Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio 

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    W: M. Wohlers (1-1)

    L: S. Karsay (3-4)

    Mondesi injured trying to catch Vizquel's triple

    CLEVELAND -- After losing Roger Clemens and the game, New York Yankees manager Joe Torre saw at least one thing that made him feel better -- Raul Mondesi was moving around.

    Raul Mondesi


    Raul Mondesi never lost consciousness after a scary collision with the wall at Jacobs Field.

    Mondesi hurt himself crashing into the right-field wall trying to catch Omar Vizquel's RBI triple in the 10th inning, and the Cleveland Indians beat New York 2-1 Friday night.

    "I felt better when I saw (Raul) moving his limbs,'' Torre said. "When he's laying there still, you're scared to death.''

    Earlier, Clemens came out because of a strained right groin and might be headed to the disabled list, according to the New York Times.

    "Right now, off the top of my head, we rested him 10 days and he felt it," Torre said to the Times. "To me, that would be the safest way to go."

    Mondesi's right shoulder and head slammed into the wall, and he fell to the ground as the winning run scored. Mondesi remained on the warning track for several minutes before standing up and walking over to a cart that drove him from the field.

    "He got the wind knocked out of him,'' Torre said. "He never lost consciousness. I think it was his sternum and knees. Hopefully it is nothing more than a shaking up.''

    Mondesi showered, then spoke briefly with teammates in the Yankees clubhouse before being taken to Lutheran Medical Center for X-rays for his bruised sternum.

    Einar Diaz opened the Cleveland 10th by beating out a slow roller to second baseman Alfonso Soriano, who tried to backhand the ball over to first base, but threw it past Nick Johnson.

    Roger Clemens


    Roger Clemens figures to be the Game 1 starter for the Yankees in the Division Series.

    Torre argued in vain that Diaz broke for second on the overthrow, which was quickly recovered by catcher Jorge Posada.

    "There's no doubt I saw him turn toward second,'' Posada said. "We asked the umpires. They said they didn't see it.''

    After Chris Magruder popped up a bunt attempt for the first out, Vizquel hit a 3-2 pitch from Steve Karsay (3-4) into the gap in right-center. Mondesi, acquired two weeks ago from Toronto, made a valiant attempt for the ball, which ricocheted into center field as Diaz easily scored.

    "Anytime you get a hit to win a game it is big,'' Vizquel said. "I know Steve's best pitch is the fastball and I looked for one. I just didn't want to miss it.''

    Joel Skinner, who replaced the fired Charlie Manuel as Indians manager on Thursday, got his first win.

    "I'll take it because any win is nice,'' Skinner said. "This one was special, though. I'm going to keep the lineup card.''

    Mark Wohlers (1-1) worked the 10th for the win.

    Clemens left after five scoreless innings. He was trying for his 289th career victory as he went to the mound with a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the sixth.

    After making a few warmup pitches, Clemens called Torre and assistant trainer Steve Donohue from the dugout. A moment later, Clemens walked to the clubhouse as Torre signaled for Ramiro Mendoza, who pitched two-plus innings.

    Clemens allowed two hits, struck out four, but remained winless in five starts since June 9. The 39-year-old right-hander had left his last start July 2 at Yankee Stadium after five innings with cramping in his legs and Torre said he would be careful with the six-time Cy Young Award winner.

    "Roger said that all of a sudden in the fifth, he felt it grab him again, that cramp,'' Torre said.

    The Indians tied it in the eighth.

    Ricky Gutierrez got a broken-bat single off Mendoza. Mike Stanton retired the next two hitters before yielding a single to Magruder.

    Mariano Rivera came on and had his consecutive saves streak snapped at 17 games when Vizquel hit a 2-1 pitch the other way. The ball bounced just past the outstretched glove of diving shortstop Derek Jeter, scoring pinch-runner John McDonald from second.

    Cleveland starter Danys Baez nearly matched Clemens, allowing one run and five hits over seven innings and striking out a season-high eight.

    New York went ahead 1-0 in the fifth on Soriano's sacrifice fly.

    Game notes

    Clemens remained tied with Tommy John for 21st on the all-time wins list. ... Indians 1B Jim Thome was a late scratch and nearly missed his fifth straight game because of back spasms. He took batting practice and was originally in the lineup, hitting fourth. He is a .340 career hitter with eight homers against Clemens. He flied out as a pinch-hitter in the eighth against Stanton. ... Baez, a converted reliever, has worked at least five innings in 14 of his last 15 outings.

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