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Schilling keeps A-Rod, Yanks at bay

BOSTON (AP) -- Curt Schilling swung his arm in the air, angry
when his manager came to the mound to give him the hook.

Alex Rodriguez had more reason to be upset, slamming his helmet
to the ground when he ended a late New York threat by grounding
into a double play.

Schilling dominated and A-Rod disappeared once again as the
Boston Red Sox beat the New York Yankees 5-2 Saturday, improving to
2-0 in the big April four-game series.

Schilling had looked forward eagerly to the game since he was
acquired from Arizona in late November. Did it match his
expectations?

"All things aside, we won," he said calmly. "We took the
first two games of the series against a good team."

The Yankees (5-6) haven't looked like one. They have four runs
and 12 hits in the first two games of the four-game series,
Rodriguez, nearly acquired by Boston from Texas last November, is
0-for-8 with three strikeouts. Derek Jeter is 2-for-10 with three
strikeouts and two errors.

"I'm just trying to find a groove where I feel comfortable,"
said Rodriguez, whose batting average dropped to .171. "Ups and
downs are a part of it."

Boston took a 3-0 lead in the first three innings and went up
4-1 in the fifth on Manny Ramirez's second homer of the series and
350th of his career. Tony Clark's fifth-inning homer was New York's
only run until Jeter's RBI single in the ninth.

Schilling struck out eight and allowed six hits and four walks
in 6 1-3 innings. After retiring Jeter on a called third strike on
his 121st pitch, Schilling watched manager Terry Francona walk from
the dugout.

When Francona pointed to the bullpen from around the first-base
line, Schilling punched the air.

"I was less than pleased," said Schilling, who understood why
Francona made the early signal. "Conversation is not the smartest
thing when I'm in the game."

Mike Mussina (1-3) struggled, forcing in Boston's first two runs
with a bases-loaded walk and hit batter. Mussina, who had been 10-5
in Fenway Park, allowed four runs -- three earned -- seven hits and
four walks in just five innings.

"I'm not injured, so you just have to keep going out there and
fighting," he said. "When you play the Red Sox, with all the hype
and expectations there, you have to come out and play your best
game. We haven't."

On Friday, Tim Wakefield led Boston to a 6-2 win in the first of
19 regular-season meetings between the teams. The highly
anticipated series is the first between the teams since Aaron
Boone's 11th-inning homer won Game 7 of the AL championship series
last October.

"Imagine seeing Schilling's fastball after having to face
Wakefield's knuckleball," Boston's Johnny Damon said.

New York's offense has sputtered, with Bernie Williams (.207),
Hideki Matsui (.211), Jason Giambi (.214), Gary Sheffield (.237),
Jeter (.239) and Jorge Posada (.257) all struggling.

Rodriguez has done even worse.

"He's human," Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "He's going
through a tough time now, playing for a tough ball club in a city
with a rivalry that doesn't ease up on the tension."

Mike Timlin replaced Schilling and walked Williams, putting
runners at first and second with one out. Then Timlin got Rodriguez
to ground a 3-1 pitch to third baseman Bill Mueller, who stepped on
third and threw to first baseman Kevin Millar for a double play.

It was Schilling's first game against the Yankees since Game 7
of the 2001 World Series, won by Arizona 3-2.

He retired the first five batters but allowed runners in every
one of his innings but the first. He ended two of those innings
with strikeouts and two others with double plays.

"I felt as strong in the seventh as I did in the second and
third," Schilling said.

Boston took a 2-0 lead in the second, loading the bases with one
out on walks to Jason Varitek and Mark Bellhorn and a single by
Gabe Kapler. Pokey Reese struck out before Mussina walked Johnny
Damon and hit Mueller with a pitch.

In the third, Millar reached first on Jeter's bobble at
shortstop, and Boston loaded the bases again on singles by Varitek
and Bellhorn. Millar scored when Kapler hit into a forceout by
Rodriguez at third.

Damon added an RBI double in the eighth.

Game notes
Schilling signed his first pro contract with Boston scout
Ray Boone in 1986. Boone is the grandfather of Aaron Boone. ... The
streak of 50 games in which the Yankees and Red Sox faced each
other with the teams holding the first two spots in the AL East
ended when New York lost to Boston on Friday night. It was the
longest such streak in major league history. ... LHP Bobby Jones
decided to go to Triple-A Pawtucket, Boston's top farm team, after
the Red Sox designated him for assignment on Wednesday. ...
Bellhorn's walk gave him 15 in the first 10 games.