Series: Game 1 of 3

New York leads 1-0 (as of 7/2)

Game 1: Tuesday, July 2
Cleveland 5Final
New York 10
Game 2: Wednesday, July 3
Cleveland 8Final
New York 11
Game 3: Thursday, July 4
Cleveland 1Final
New York 7

Indians 5

(37-44, 16-26 away)

Yankees 10

(51-31, 25-15 home)

    7:05 PM ET, July 2, 2002

    Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York 

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    W: R. Mendoza (6-2)

    L: R. Rincon (0-3)

    Mondesi's sterling N.Y. debut offsets Thome HR

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Raul Mondesi swung right into action for the New York Yankees.

    Jim Thome

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    Mondesi hit an RBI single and scored twice in his Yankees debut, and New York overcame a record-setting homer by Jim Thome to beat the Cleveland Indians 10-5 Tuesday night.

    "When you play for a new team for the first time, you've got to do something,'' Mondesi said.

    "A lot of players like to play for the Yankees,'' he said. "Everybody was talking about the trade. I was ready.''

    Thome became the first Indians player to homer in six straight games, launching a long drive off Roger Clemens.

    But that rocket off the Rocket wasn't nearly enough, even with Clemens forced to leave early because of cramps in his right leg on a muggy, 95-degree night.

    "I felt my leg just shut down,'' Clemens said. "I think it will be a little sore.''

    Yankees manager Joe Torre sounded a bit concerned.

    "We don't know. We'll know tomorrow when he comes in,'' he said.

    Jorge Posada's fourth career grand slam capped a seven-run seventh. Derek Jeter's tiebreaking single earlier in the inning helped the Yankees improve to 10-0 against AL Central teams.

    Mondesi, acquired a day earlier from Toronto for a Double-A reliever, fit neatly into a lineup that leads the majors in homers and runs scored.

    Batting fifth, Mondesi went 1-for-2 and reached base all four times he batted. He walked, was hit by a pitch, got aboard on an error and had an RBI single in the big seventh. He also was caught stealing.

    "He's a good player. He plays hard,'' Torre said. "I think he's going to be exciting to watch.''

    Mondesi seemed comfortable in his new setting, too. He waved to fans in the lower deck and the bleachers when he trotted to right field to start the game, and the crowd of 45,589 later gave him a nice ovation after he dirtied his uniform with an aggressive slide.

    "I was nervous at first. After the start, I was fine,'' Mondesi said.

    Ramiro Mendoza (6-2) got the win in relief. Ricardo Rincon (0-3) took the loss.

    The Indians lost their third in a row and for the 10th time in 14 games despite Thome.

    After Matt Lawton led off the game with a home run, Thome made it 3-0 three batters later with a two-run shot.

    Thome, barely beaten out by Boston's Johnny Damon in Internet voting for the 30th and final spot on the AL All-Star team, hit his 25th home run. The line drive crashed into the upper deck.

    "It's nice to get homers, but it's better to win,'' he said.

    Going into this season, Thome was among five Indians players to connect in five consecutive games. Al Rosen did it twice and Larry Doby and Sandy Alomar Jr. also accomplished the feat.

    "You know it don't last forever,'' Thome said.

    The major league record for consecutive games with a home run is eight, shared by Ken Griffey Jr. (1993), Don Mattingly (1987) and Dale Long (1956).

    Clemens was pulled after five innings and 74 pitches. He is winless in his last four starts, keeping him at 288 career victories.

    The Yankees made it 3-all with three runs in the fourth off rookie Ryan Drese. Robin Ventura delivered another hit with the bases loaded, a two-run single, and Mondesi scored on John Vander Wal's sacrifice fly.

    Mondesi showed nice hustle in the sixth, taking out shortstop Omar Vizquel with a clean slide after Ventura hit a hard grounder to Thome at first.

    Drese, facing the Yankees for the first time in his career, limited them to three hits in six innings.

    Game notes

    Lawton hit his third leadoff home run of the season and fourth of his career. He almost hit another homer when he opened the sixth with a drive off the right-field wall. The ball left a mark on the padding six inches from the top and Mondesi played the carom quickly, holding Lawton to a single. ... The Yankees are a season-high 20 games over .500. ... Mondesi caught a fly ball in each of the first four innings. ... Ventura is 57-for-161 (.354) with 15 homers lifetime with the bases loaded. ... Thome has eight homers in 53 at-bats against Clemens.

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