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Mirabelli homers twice

4/21/2004

TORONTO (AP) -- Doug Mirabelli won't be bugging his manager for
more playing time, even after hitting two homers.

"Overexposure is the quickest way out of this game," Mirabelli
joked. "I like where I am."

Mirabelli, Boston's backup catcher, got three hits, Tim
Wakefield had another solid outing and the Red Sox sent the Toronto
Blue Jays to their fifth straight loss with a 4-2 victory Wednesday
night.

Before the game, Mirabelli joked with manager Terry Francona
about how he deserved to start over Jason Varitek because he'd
homered off Ted Lilly before.

Mirabelli, who went 3-for-4, was already in the starting lineup,
but he's played in just three games this season, serving as
Wakefield's personal catcher.

"I love my role. I can relax for four days and give it all I
have for one day," he said.

Mirabelli, who hit six homers last season, had an opposite-field
homer off Lilly (0-2) in the third. His two-run shot in the fourth
hit off the facing of the fourth deck in left field. It was his
second career multihomer game.

"Every time I get a hit it's a surprise," he said.

At 3-11, the Blue Jays are off to the worst start in club
history. Toronto is also the first team to start 0-8 at home since
the 1992 Detroit Tigers.

"Our offense is nonexistent," Toronto manager Carlos Tosca
said.

Wakefield (2-0) became the latest pitcher to shut down the Blue
Jays, allowing two runs on six hits, while striking out four and
walking two in 6 2-3 innings.

Wakefield raved about his catcher.

"Even though he only plays once every five days he still goes
to the cage early and gets work in," Wakefield said. "It's tough
to hit when you're playing only once every five days, but he's done
a great job. He has three home runs already. It's pretty awesome."

Keith Foulke pitched a perfect ninth for his fifth save in five
tries. Boston has won three straight and six of seven.

The Blue Jays have scored only nine runs in their last five
games. Toronto has been outscored 51-15 at home this season.

Five Toronto starters are hitting below .200, including slugger
Carlos Delgado (.143).

"Nobody here is going to finish the season hitting below
.200," said shortstop Chris Woodward, who didn't play Wednesday
because he's batting .156. "We haven't lost confidence at all. We
still expect to win a lot of games."

Greg Myers' RBI double in the fourth and Frank Catalanotto's
run-scoring double in the fifth cut Boston's lead to 3-2.

Lilly allowed three runs and six hits in 5 1-3 innings.

Tosca didn't let Lilly face Mirabelli in the sixth with two
runners on. Jason Frasor struck out Mirabelli to end the inning.

Kerry Ligtenberg's run-scoring wild pitch gave Boston a 4-2 lead
in the eighth.

Game notes
Mirabelli entered 3-for-6 lifetime with one homer off
Lilly. ... Mirabelli also hit two home runs on April 18, 2000, at
Cincinnati. ... Toronto 3B Eric Hinske is in a 0-for-18 slump,
dropping his average to .163.