Series: Game 2 of 3

NY Yankees leads 2-0 (as of 4/23)

Game 1: Tuesday, April 22
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Game 2: Wednesday, April 23
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Game 3: Thursday, April 24
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Yankees 9

(18-3, 11-1 away)

Angels 2

(9-12, 6-5 home)

    10:05 PM ET, April 23, 2003

    Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, California 

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    W: R. Clemens (4-0)

    L: M. Callaway (1-2)

    Clemens (4-0) picks up career win No. 297

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Roger Clemens is quickly closing in on 300 wins.

     Roger Clemens

    Clemens held Anaheim to five hits over eight innings to earn his 297th win as the New York Yankees beat the Angels 9-2 Wednesday night.

    "Roger's the last of a dying breed, to remain a power pitcher for that long," New York manager Joe Torre said. "He's always thinking of the next challenge."

    Clemens, who turns 41 on Aug. 4, improved to 4-0 in five starts. The 40-year right-hander said he sometimes feels his age.

    "There are days I feel old, and days when you can't think about it, you've just got to go out there and put those little nagging things aside and get some people out," said Clemens, who gave up the two runs, struck out six and walked none. "I've been able to pitch when I've had OK stuff, and power pitch when I know I feel good out there, so it's a direct result of what I do behind the scenes. It's paid off."

    Torre admires Clemens' work ethic.

    "His conditioning is probably a big reason why he's only a few wins away from 300," the manager said. "He's a tremendous competitor. When he came over here, you have a chance to enjoy his childlike enthusiasm and his passion for the game. This is the stuff you don't know about when you're on the other side."

    Angels manager Mike Scioscia was on the other side as the Yankees got their second straight one-sided victory over the defending World Series champions, who eliminated New York in the first round of the playoffs last fall.

    "I don't care how old a guy is, when he pitches like that, he's tough to beat," Scioscia said.

    New York outhit Anaheim 18-5. Alfonso Soriano led off the game with a homer and went 4-for-5. Jorge Posada hit a two-run homer and had two RBI singles. Raul Mondesi also hit a two-run homer as New York won its seventh straight, equaling the club's longest streak last year.

    New York has outhomered opponents 43-5 -- hitting the most in the major leagues and allowing the fewest. The Yankees have as many homers as Detroit has runs.

    Clemens' performance gave the New York rotation a 16-0 start to the season, the longest winning streak by a staff to begin a season in major league history. The longest winning streak by a starting staff overall is 23 in a row by the 1916 New York Giants.

    A six-time Cy Young Award winner, Clemens needs three more wins to become the 21st player with 300 victories. The last to reach the milestone was Nolan Ryan, on July 31, 1990.

    Mickey Callaway (1-2) gave up six runs _ four earned _ and 10 hits in 4 2-3 innings, allowing all three homers.

    The Yankees' Jason Giambi, hit on the left hand by a pitch by Scott Schoeneweis in the seventh inning, was replaced by Todd Zeile at first base in the bottom of the eighth. Torre said Giambi came out of the game as a precautionary move, and that X-rays weren't necessary.

    Soriano hit Callaway's fourth pitch of the game into the seats in left field for his eighth homer. It was the third time this year he's led off the game with a homer, the 11th time in his career.

    After Callaway walked Bernie Williams leading off the third inning, one of four walks he allowed, Posada followed one out later with his seventh homer.

    Mondesi hit his sixth homer in the fifth inning after Callaway dropped the toss from first baseman Scott Spiezio on Robin Ventura's grounder up the line, an error on what would have been the third out.

    Game notes
    During a workout at the Yankees' training camp in Florida, SS Derek Jeter threw to first base Wednesday for the first time since dislocating his left shoulder. Jeter is set to begin swinging a bat Friday as he works his way back from the injury he sustained in the team's opener on March 31. ... Yankees RHP Antonio Osuna joined fellow relievers Mariano Rivera and Steve Karsay on the disabled list Wednesday, a day after straining his right groin. Osuna, acquired from the Chicago White Sox during the offseason, was hurt in the eighth inning of Tuesday's game while making a pitch. ... The Yankees purchased the contract of 33-year-old RHP Al Reyes from Triple-A Columbus. To clear a spot for Reyes on the 40-man roster, New York transferred RHP Jon Lieber to the 60-day disabled list from the 15-day DL. ... Anaheim RHP Francisco Rodriguez left the team on Wednesday to return to Venezuela to attend his grandmother's funeral. He is expected to return this weekend. ... The Angels called up LHP Rich Rodriguez, a 40-year-old reliever, from Salt Lake, and he gave up one run on three hits in 1 1-3 innings. The Angels sent OF Julio Ramirez to the Triple-A Salt Lake.

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