1:05 PM ET, June 9, 2007
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York
• Summary: Roger Clemens ended his long-awaited season debut with a victory, and the Yankees extended their win streak to five games with a 9-3 triumph over the Pirates on Saturday.
• Hero: Clemens of course! His season debut was everything Yankee fans could ask for. His line was good enough (6 innings, 5 hits, 3 runs, 2 walks and 7 strikeouts) but it was the heroes' welcome and playoff atmosphere his presence created in Yankee Stadium that made the day truly special.
• Fantastic finish: Clemens finished his day with a flourish: He retired his last seven hitters, and ended the sixth with a dramatic strikeout of Ryan Doumit before walking-off to Elton John's "Rocket Man" being played through the stadium P.A.
• Figure this: The Yankees five-game winning streak is the longest since September 9-14 when they won six in a row.
• Quotable: "My biggest hurdle was my legs today. I just don't want to go backward with that. I expect to get stronger each time from here out." -- Clemens
-- ESPN.com news services
Yankees 9, Pirates 3
Amy K. Nelson
The Yankees pulled off a pair of double steals in the sixth and hit three sacrifice flies overall. ... Pittsburgh placed reliever Salomon Torres on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his right elbow and purchased the contract of RHP Masumi Kuwata from Triple-A Indianapolis.
Regular Season Series
|1st||A LaRoche singled to center, J Bautista scored.||1||0|
|1st||A Rodriguez grounded out to third, J Damon scored.||1||1|
|1st||J Posada singled to left, D Jeter scored, J Posada to second on throwing error by left fielder J Bay.||1||2|
|1st||R Cano safe at second on error by shortstop J Wilson, J Posada scored, H Matsui to third.||1||3|
|4th||J Wilson doubled to deep right, X Nady and R Paulino scored.||3||3|
|5th||J Posada hit sacrifice fly to right, D Jeter scored.||3||4|
|6th||B Abreu singled to right, M Cabrera scored, J Damon to third, D Jeter to second.||3||5|
|6th||A Rodriguez hit sacrifice fly to right, J Damon scored.||3||6|
|7th||M Cabrera singled to left, R Cano scored, M Cabrera to third on throwing error by left fielder J Bay.||3||7|
|7th||J Damon grounded into fielder's choice to first, M Cabrera scored.||3||8|
|8th||H Matsui hit sacrifice fly to center, B Abreu scored.||3||9|
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|Stadium||Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY|
|Attendance||54,296 (108% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||81 degrees, cloudy|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Brian Gorman, First Base - Gerry Davis, Second Base - Mike Everitt, Third Base - Paul Nauert|