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Clemens yanked in fourth inning

9/6/2003

NEW YORK (AP) -- Not even when Babe Ruth played for the Boston
Red Sox had they romped this way.

Nomar Garciaparra, Kevin Millar and Todd Walker homered as the
Red Sox posted their biggest shutout victory in New York, routing
Roger Clemens and the Yankees 11-0 Saturday.

"Our offense is scary," said Johnny Damon, who had two hits
and drove in two runs. "It's someone different every day."

On this afternoon, everyone seemed to take part as the Red Sox
won their fifth in a row and sent New York to its third straight
loss. Knuckleballer Tim Wakefield did his part, too, pitching seven
scoreless innings.

With chants of "Let's go Red Sox!" reverberating through the
crowd of 55,237, Boston cut the Yankees' edge in the AL East to 1{
games, their slimmest margin since July 29.

"When they get a hittable ball, they're hitting it, that's for
sure," Clemens said. "They're hotter than a pistol right now."

A day after Yankees owner George Steinbrenner besieged his
players and staff during a 9-3 loss, the Boss was not seen as the
Red Sox romped to a 7-0 lead. After it was over, he was virtually
silent -- as were his hitters.

The Red Sox eclipsed their previous most-lopsided shutout win in
New York, a 10-0 victory on April 23, 1919, in the season opener.
That was the same season Ruth led the Red Sox in homers and RBI,
and before the Yankees were known as the Bronx Bombers -- that loss
came at the old Polo Grounds, across the Harlem River in Manhattan.

"You ride through the tough times and, hopefully, you make them
end as quickly as possible," Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "We
really have to look at the big picture. People still have to come
and get us."

The Yankees and Red Sox play their last scheduled game against
each other Sunday. David Wells, winless in his last seven starts,
pitches against Boston's Jeff Suppan.

"We certainly need to win tomorrow," Torre said. "We probably
needed to win today."

Overall, it was the most one-sided shutout loss for New York at
Yankee Stadium since Milwaukee won 12-0 on April 27, 1984.

"I think it's mostly a coincidence," said Walker, who drove in
four runs. "They have hit the ball better at our place and we've
hit it better here, I think."

Boston chased Clemens with six runs in the fourth inning,
sending the Rocket to his earliest exit -- not related to an injury
-- since June 6, 1999, against the New York Mets.

Many of the same Boston fans who gave Clemens a standing ovation
last Sunday at Fenway Park to thank him for all his years in
Beantown derisively serenaded with catcalls of "Ro-ger, Ro-ger"
before he trudged off the mound after only 3 1-3 innings.

"Good crowds, both stadiums," he said. "Just a fun time to
play."

While Clemens (13-9) fell to 2-3 vs. the Red Sox this year in
his final regular-season appearance against them, Wakefield (10-6)
bamboozled the Yankees with his knuckleball.

Wakefield shut out New York on four hits, and won for the first
time in six starts. He retired the first 11 batters and improved to
2-2 in matchups with Clemens this season.

"I wasn't focusing on Roger, I was focusing on their lineup,"
Wakefield said.

The Red Sox, who trailed the Yankees by 7{ games on Aug. 20,
matched a season high with their fifth straight road win and sent
New York to its fourth loss in five games.

Clemens set down the first five batters before Millar hit his
23rd homer. Trot Nixon was up next, and Clemens began walking off
the mound when he thought he had an inning-ending strikeout -- only
to find out Nixon had checked his swing.

Things didn't get much better for Clemens. Walker opened the
fourth with a single and Garciaparra followed with his 24th homer.

Shortstop Enrique Wilson, subbing for injured Derek Jeter,
dropped a line drive by David Ortiz for an error, setting up RBI
singles by Millar and Bill Mueller. A walk to ninth-place hitter
Doug Mirabelli loaded the bases, and Damon chased Clemens with an
RBI single.

Walker greeted Chris Hammond with a sacrifice fly to cap the
burst.

Damon singled home a run and Walker hit a three-run homer in the
eighth.

Game notes
Jeter again sat out because of a rib cage injury. He
intends to take a full round of batting practice Sunday and hopes
to play for the first time since last Sunday. ... Boston and New
York have split 18 games this year. ... The Yankees passed the 3
million mark in home attendance for the fifth straight season. With
12 dates left, they lead the majors in attendance. ... Wakefield
and the Red Sox beat Clemens on May 26 at Yankee Stadium in his
first bid for his 300th career victory. ... Clemens lasted two
innings against the Mets on June 6, 1999. He pitched only one
inning against Boston on June 14, 2000, before leaving because of a
groin injury.