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Pedro, BoSox Blow Away Yanks


Pedro Martinez did his part in the most anticipated pitching matchup ever at Fenway Park. Roger Clemens also was a crowd-pleaser not that he wanted it that way.

Martinez dominated for seven shutout innings while the Red Sox roughed up Clemens in sending the New York Yankees to their most lopsided loss ever in postseason history, 13-1 Saturday in Game 3 of the AL Championship Series.

"You never let up against the Yankees," Red Sox manager Jimy Williams said.

Beaten in two tense, one-run decisions at Yankee Stadium, Boston returned home to a delirious crowd and cut New York's edge in the best-of-7 series to 2-1.

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  • "I had no doubt we would shift and have a carryover coming back here," Martinez said.

    The Red Sox ended their 10-game ALCS losing streak and their fans reveled, chanting "Where is Roger?" near the end. New York had its postseason winning streak stopped at 12, tying its own record set by the Murderers' Row teams of 1927, 1928 and 1932.

    "This is not the way we play Yankee baseball," owner George Steinbrenner said in the clubhouse. "We've got to get this out of our system."

    Clemens was equally dissatisfied.

    "I knew what I was up against. I'm disappointed," the former Red Sox star said. "Obviously, I hoped for a better performance."

    Game 4 will be Sunday night with Bret Saberhagen starting against New York's Andy Pettitte.

    Martinez set a Red Sox postseason record by striking out 12 and allowed just two singles. Baseball's top pitcher in 1999, he nearly reprised his effort at New York on Sept. 10 when he struck out a record 17 Yankees in a one-hitter.

    "He's an artist out there" Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "He has a baseball instead of a paint brush."

    Rather than "Cy Old vs. Cy Young" as the bumper stickers billed it the only duel that developed was between the Boston batters, seeing which one could connect best against Clemens and the Yankees.

    The Red Sox finished with an ALCS-record 21 hits, 10 for extra bases. John Valentin homered and drove in five runs, and Nomar Garciaparra and Brian Daubach also homered.

    "I don't think it's a Roger thing to us," Valentin said of his former teammate.

    Garciaparra went 4-for-5 with a home run and a double, driving in three runs. It was as if Boston took out nearly a whole century of frustration against the World Series champions in one afternoon.

    "The score's irrelevant," Garciaparra said. "We want to keep playing."

    The Yankees' most lopsided loss in postseason play had been to Atlanta 12-1 in Game 1 of the 1996 World Series. Only Scott Brosius' homer off Tom Gordon in the eighth averted a shutout in this game, the Yankees' 254th in the postseason.

    Jose Offerman hit The Rocket's second pitch for a triple, Valentin followed by lining a 96 mph fastball into the screen above the Green Monster, and the Red Sox were on their way.

    "You can't continue to give up runs and have a chance when you're facing Pedro," Clemens said. "I felt it."

    Once the most popular player at Fenway, The Rocket was hooted off the mound by the 33,190 fans after Mike Stanley singled to begin the third. Hideki Irabu relieved and served up a two-run homer to Daubach that made it 6-0.

    Clemens, as he often does in October, showed signs of strain. The five-time Cy Young winner was sweating and shaking off his catcher, dropping to 2-3 in 11 career starts in the postseason.

    Martinez, meanwhile, appeared perfectly at ease with the pressure. Sitting back in the dugout, he tapped his feet to the music played over the sound system.


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    He even chuckled a bit after throwing a slow curve that had Chuck Knoblauch ducking.

    "I thought it was funny that he was running like it was a fastball for his head," Martinez said.

    Martinez was forced to leave Game 1 of the division series against Cleveland because of a strained muscle in the shoulder area, but came back to pitch six hitless innings in the clinching Game 5.

    Facing the Yankees, he did not have his best fastball, topping out around 91 mph. But he mixed in extraordinary breaking pitches and got into an early groove, striking out Tino Martinez, Chili Davis and Ricky Ledee on 15 pitches in the second.

    Martinez walked two and did not permit a runner past first base, earning those "MVP! MVP!" cheers from the crowd.

    "I'm hurting. I'm hurting on every pitch I throw," he said. "But I managed to do it somehow."

    Clemens recorded 192 victories for the Red Sox from 1984-96, tying Cy Young for the most wins in team history. But he never displayed the touch he had in winning Game 3 of the division series sweep over Texas.

    With bullpen coach Tony Cloninger urging Irabu to hurry, Stanley singled into the left-field corner in the third and Clemens was pulled after one pitch to Daubach.

    Clemens was charged with five runs, six hits and two walks in two-plus innings.

    Clemens surely did not like his day, but it was well worth it to the fans. Certainly it was enjoyable for a local doctor who bought four prime box seats for a total of $12,100 in an Internet auction.

    The last time the Red Sox had played in their park, they set a postseason record for runs in beating Cleveland 23-7 in Game 7.

    Notes

  • Martinez has pitched 17 straight scoreless innings in this postseason.
  • Clemens had been the last Boston pitcher to win in the ALCS, beating the Angels in Game 7 in 1986.
  • The 21 hits were the most by a Yankees opponent in the postseason.
  • The Red Sox left tickets for former Yankees pitcher David Wells, now with Toronto, but Wells was sitting in Steinbrenner's box at the Atlanta-Tampa Bay NHL game. "There was a better game in Tampa," Wells said.

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