Nelson roughed up by his old mates


NEW YORK (AP) -- Mike Cameron, Dan Wilson and the Seattle
Mariners left Yankee Stadium with plenty of neat souvenirs -- a
pinstripe jersey signed by Roger Clemens and a New York hat, plus
two wins over the team with the best record in the American League.

The duel between fortysomethings Jamie Moyer and Clemens
dissolved into a battle of the bullpens, and that tilted in the
Mariners' favor Sunday.

John Olerud drew a bases-loaded walk from Antonio Osuna that
broke an eighth-inning tie and the Mariners roughed up New York's
struggling relievers, beating the Yankees 8-6.

"One of the best series of the year," Cameron said. "Playing
at Yankee Stadium in August, it's a different environment than
coming in here in April. This is when the good teams start to play

Cameron had ample reason to smile. For the first time, he said,
he picked up an autographed jersey from an opposing pitcher. It was
Clemens' No. 22.

"To Mike: All the Best! Rocket," it was signed.

Mariners pitcher Joel Pineiro got Clemens to sign a ball and
Wilson collected a plain Yankees hat. The Mariners got everything
they asked for, and more, on a humid afternoon.

Bret Boone, Randy Winn and Ichiro Suzuki got the big hits after
Seattle chased Clemens in a five-run seventh that made it 6-4.

After the Yankees tied it against Arthur Rhodes in the bottom
half, Olerud took four straight balls from Osuna (2-4) with two
outs as a crowd of 54,828 booed.

"Those pitches sounded a lot closer than they were," Olerud
said. "The fans were going, 'Where was that pitch?"

Jesse Orosco, Jeff Nelson and Osuna blew it in the late innings.
Seattle added an insurance run in the ninth off Chris Hammond, and
took two of three in the series between AL division leaders.

"We didn't do it today," Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "Our
bullpen is more capable than we showed today."

Meanwhile, the Mariners' relievers got the job done. Rafael
Soriano (2-0) stopped a rally in the seventh and pitched a
scoreless eighth, and Shigetoshi Hasegawa closed for his 10th save
in 10 chances -- retiring Jorge Posada with two on to end it.

Clemens and Moyer attracted all the early attention in the
majors' first matchup of starting pitchers over 40 years old in
more than a decade. The last time it happened was when Frank Tanana
started for the New York Mets against Charlie Hough of the Florida
Marlins on July 29, 1993.

The last such matchup in the AL occurred when Tommy John started
for the Yankees against Don Sutton of the California Angels on Aug.
24, 1987, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

"There was a lot of grunting and groaning in the bullpen
today," Clemens said.

This game presented a total juxtaposition of winning styles: the
soft-tossing, left-handed Moyer vs. the hard-throwing, right-handed

Fittingly, after the 41-year-old Clemens fanned Cameron on a 93
mph fastball to end the top of the first, the 40-year-old Moyer
struck out Alfonso Soriano on a 76 mph changeup to begin the bottom

Moyer was denied his 16th victory, which would have tied for the
most in the majors. Clemens fell short in a bid for his 305th win,
which would have matched Eddie Plank for 18th place on the career

"Age is a number. I'm 40, but most of the time I don't feel
that way," Moyer said. "If I can still compete, why am I too old?
Just because the calendar says I'm 40?"

Clemens took a 4-1 lead into the seventh. What followed was an
inning that lasted more than an hour and finished with the score
tied at 6.

Clemens left after giving up Wilson's second double of the game
and issuing his first walk, to ninth-place hitter Willie
Bloomquist. Orosco gave up an RBI double to Suzuki -- it was a high
fly to the gap that left fielder Hideki Matsui did not read right
away -- then Nelson allowed two-run singles to Boone and Winn that
made it 6-4.

Right fielder David Dellucci prevented further damage, running
face-first into the padded wall to catch Wilson's drive to end the

Moyer left after six innings, and Posada hit a two-run double
off Rhodes that made it 6-all in the seventh.

The Mariners loaded the bases in the eighth on Suzuki's bunt
single, a hit batter and a two-out walk to Edgar Martinez, bringing
up Olerud.

Dellucci hit his first home run for the Yankees and Derek Jeter
also connected as New York took an early 4-1 lead.

Suzuki stopped the Yankees from scoring more, rushing in from
right field to grab Aaron Boone's blooper on one hop and zipping a
throw that forced a hesitant Posada at second base.

Jeter had three hits, including a tying home run in the third.
Olerud hit an RBI single in the first.

Game notes
The game featured four players in their 40s. Orosco and
Martinez also have passed the mark. ... The game lasted 3 hours, 50
minutes. ... Posada returned to the lineup after missing two games
because of a stiff neck.