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Yankees now 19-12 vs. Mets in regular season

6/21/2003

NEW YORK (AP) _ The New York Yankees used some familiar faces to
overcome an unfamiliar Mets team.

Andy Pettitte shut down the Mets for seven innings and the
Yankees got consecutive home runs from Alfonso Soriano and Derek
Jeter to win the opener of the Subway Series 5-0 Friday night.

Jason Giambi also homered as the Yankees once again got the
better of the heated intracity rivalry, beating the Mets for the
19th time in 31 regular-season meetings. The Yankees also won the
2000 World Series against the Mets in five games.

With Mike Piazza sidelined, no one in the Mets' starting lineup
played in that Series and three players had never faced the Yankees
before.

"It felt different this time because there were so many new
guys," Pettitte said. "I hadn't faced a lot of their guys before.
I had to talk to the scouts to find out about them."

The Yankees had many Subway Series veterans: Jeter was the MVP
of the 2000 Series, Pettitte started the clincher at Shea Stadium
and Mariano Rivera, who finished Friday night, saved two games.

Jeter went 3-for-5 in front of a sellout crowd of 55,386,
improving his career average against the Mets to .360, including
the World Series.

"I enjoy it," he said. "It doesn't mean you're going to be
successful, but I enjoy being in big games. Obviously, playing the
Mets is a big game."

The Yankees have won seven of eight overall since being no-hit
by six Houston pitchers on June 11. They moved 1{ games in front of
Boston and Toronto in the AL East.

Steve Trachsel (5-5), coming off his second career one-hitter
Sunday in Anaheim, held the Yankees in check except for the third
inning. He allowed two runs, five hits and five walks in seven
innings.

Soriano, coming off a 7-for-39 homestand, hit the second pitch
of the third into the left-field bullpen for his 19th homer. Jeter
followed with a drive over the center-field fence for his fourth of
the season.

"I felt better in the first two innings tonight than I did in
Anaheim," Trachsel said. "The Yankees just did a little better
job of making me work."

The Yankees didn't get anything else until Ruben Sierra's RBI
double in the eighth inning against Graeme Lloyd. Giambi added a
two-run shot in the ninth off Armando Benitez.

The Yankees could have had even more runs off Trachsel except
for some sparkling plays by center fielder Tsuyoshi Shinjo. He made
a perfect throw to nail Robin Ventura at third base in the fourth
inning and robbed Soriano of a homer in the fifth.

Pettitte (7-6) had his second straight strong start since being
knocked out in the second inning against the Chicago Cubs at
Wrigley Field on June 8.

"It's embarrassing when you go out and throw two innings like
in Chicago," he said. "I know I'm not going to dominate guys and
throw a shutout every time out. I just want to make quality starts
and give us a chance to win."

He had only one perfect inning through five but was able to work
out of trouble when he needed to, holding the Mets hitless in six
at-bats with runners in scoring position.

"Andy set the tone tonight," Yankees manager Joe Torre said.

Pettitte settled down late, retiring his final eight batters. He
allowed five hits and two walks, striking out eight.

"Guys were coming down to first saying what great stuff he
had," Giambi said. "He was throwing everything for strikes and
keeping guys off-balance."

Chris Hammond, Jason Anderson and Rivera finished the
seven-hitter, the Yankees' sixth shutout of the season.

McEwing was playing only because Jeromy Burnitz was ejected in
the first inning for arguing a called third strike with plate
umpire Ron Kulpa.

Burnitz said he argued at the plate, then asked why Kulpa was
staring at him in the dugout before the umpire ejected him. Manager
Art Howe came out and pleaded his case with Kulpa, and Burnitz
followed by running out of the dugout. He was held back by Floyd
and Jason Phillips.

"If he wanted to throw me out, he should have thrown me out
when I was arguing," Burnitz said.

Kulpa referred all questions to crew chief Bruce Froemming, who
disputed Burnitz's charge.

"I don't care what he maintained," Froemming said. "He was
yelling at him from the dugout. I couldn't hear what he said but
you could see him screaming and pointing."

Game notes
The crowd was the biggest for a regular season Subway
Series game at Shea Stadium, eclipsing the 55,141 on June 16, 2002.
... The Mets have been blanked four times this year. ... Sierra
doubled twice to give him 1,999 career hits.