BOSTON (AP) -- Fans booed the Boston Red Sox, and it didn't have
anything to do with a possible strike.
Mike Mussina is tied for the AL lead with four wins and is third in ERA (1.86).
Mike Mussina pitched a three-hitter and Bernie Williams hit a
three-run homer to help the New York Yankees beat Pedro Martinez
and Boston 7-0 Wednesday night. New York shut out the Red Sox for the second straight game. "There's no question it's going to take a big chunk of their
heart away from them,'' Yankees manager Joe Torre said after Boston
lost its final game before the strike deadline. "I'm sure a lot of people, when they left the ballpark, were
wondering if there's going to be baseball.'' The win gave New York a season-high nine-game lead in the AL
East. Boston remained 3½ games behind Anaheim in the wild-card
race. "It's tough, but we've still got some things we can get
accomplished,'' Red Sox manager Grady Little said. "Now we'll
probably have to do a little more scoreboard watching than we
usually do.'' As player representative Johnny Damon spoke about the labor
negotiations in New York, pitchers Tim Wakefield and Ugueth Urbina
were putting their personal items into boxes. Wakefield refused to
comment and asked television cameras not to film him. Mussina (16-7), who came within one strike of a perfect game at
Fenway last September before finishing with a one-hitter, struck
out nine and walked one for his first shutout of the season. He
leads the Yankees in victories, reclaiming the lead from David
Wells -- Tuesday's winner. "It's a relief to know I can still pitch, because sometimes I
wondered if I could,'' said Mussina, who had lost three of his last
five starts. "This is nice. It's nice to put one of these out
there, especially in Boston.'' The Red Sox committed three errors -- two in the first inning as
the Yankees touched Martinez (17-4) for an unearned run. Martinez gave up three earned runs on five hits and a
season-high four walks, striking out nine before leaving down 2-0
with two on and one out in the seventh. Rondell White, the No. 9 hitter, led off the seventh with a
walk, then Martinez hit Alfonso Soriano with a pitch. White stole
third and scored on Derek Jeter's groundout. Jason Giambi walked, and that was it for Martinez, who threw a
season-high 127 pitches. Alan Embree relieved, and Williams hit his
third pitch into the screen above the Green Monster to make it 5-0. The shot extended Williams' hitting streak to 19 games -- the
longest for the Yankees since he hit in 21 straight in 1993. Over
the streak he is hitting .471 (40-for-85).
Before the game, the Red Sox honored the Worcester, Mass.,
team that finished fourth at the Little League World Series.
Players got to throw out a first pitch, pose for pictures in front
of a left-field scoreboard that posted the results of their U.S.
semifinal victory over Harlem and stand at their positions with
Boston players for the national anthem. They were all given Red Sox
jerseys with their names on the back. ... Boston OF Cliff Floyd was
sidelined for the second consecutive day with a left knee bruise.
... Red Sox OF Benny Agbayani, claimed off waivers from Colorado on
Monday, was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket. ... Soriano doubled in
the fifth inning -- his 47th of the year -- to tie a club record for
right-handed batters set by Bob Meusel in 1927. Soriano also swiped
third for his 35th stolen base.