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Pedro tosses seven scoreless innings for win

NEW YORK (AP) -- Pedro Martinez held the lead and left Yankee
Stadium a winner. Derek Jeter, of all people, was booed loudly by
the New York fans.

Six months later, a whole lot has changed.

Martinez and Scott Williamson shut down the Yankees with a
four-hitter, and Manny Ramirez hit a two-run homer off Javier
Vazquez for a 2-0 Boston win Sunday that completed a weekend
blowout in the Bronx.

With its first series sweep of New York since 1999, Boston
improved to 6-1 against the Yankees for the first time since 1913 --
when the Red Sox were defending World Series champions.

"There are no statements this early," Boston's Kevin Millar
said. "They're going to be fine over there."

For now, Yankees owner George Steinbrenner also wasn't issuing
any statements.

"Right now, he's saying nothing," spokesman Howard Rubenstein
said after the Yankees lost three in a row at home to their biggest
rival.

Despite a starting lineup that included eight All-Stars, the
listless Yankees have left their restless fans wondering when a
record $183 million roster will justify its stratospheric salaries.
In addition to jeers for New York, chants of "Let's Go Red Sox!"
could be heard from the crowd of 55,338 on the drizzly afternoon.

"The booing is directed at a lot of people, and it should be,"
said Jeter, hitless in a career-high 25 at-bats after going 0-for-4
with three strikeouts. "We haven't played well. It shows that
people care."

Even Jeter's mother and father aren't waiting for him after
games.

"When my parents walk out on me, you're not doing too well,"
he said. "They're probably getting booed, too."

Boston, which has finished second to New York for six straight
seasons, took a 4{-game lead over the Yankees, New York's biggest
AL East deficit since May 10, 2002, according to the Elias Sports
Bureau. At 8-11, the Yankees are three games under .500 this late
in the season for the first time since they had the same record on
April 22, 1997.

"Every win is important," Martinez said in a statement.
"There's no doubt that these are the people that we've been below,
so it's nice to be able to take advantage of these opportunities
against them."

Last October, Martinez failed to hold a 5-2, eighth-inning lead
in Game 7 of the AL championship series, and New York won the
pennant on Aaron Boone's 11th-inning homer off Tim Wakefield.
Manager Grady Little's decision to leave Martinez in that game
helped cost him his job.

His replacement, Terry Francona, pulled his ace Sunday after
seven innings and 105 pitches.

Martinez (3-1), using a biting breaking ball, allowed four hits,
walked one and struck out seven, five of them called third strikes.

Martinez, 10-8 against the Yankees in his career, escaped a
second-and-third, one-out jam in the fifth when Enrique Wilson
popped up and Jeter took a third strike. After Alex Rodriguez
doubled in the sixth for his second hit, Jason Giambi grounded out
and Gary Sheffield popped up.

Williamson got six straight outs for his first save, completing
Boston's first sweep of New York since Sept. 10-12, 1999. The Red
Sox retired New York's last 11 hitters.

Pitching on three days' rest for the second time in his career,
Vazquez (2-2) struck out eight in six innings and allowed four
hits, but he dropped to 0-3 against the Red Sox.

After Vazquez issued his only walk to Mark Bellhorn leading off
the fourth, Ramirez followed with a deep drive to left on a hanging
0-2 curveball. It was his second homer of the series and 20th at
Yankee Stadium, tying Rafael Palmeiro for the most by active
opponents.

"The objective here is to win the World Series, not to beat the
Yankees," Ramirez said. "They're the ones who got the rings. We
don't got nothing."

New York was 15-for-99 in the series (.152), dropping its season
average to .217, 29th among the 30 teams, ahead of only Montreal.
Jeter was 0-for-13 with six strikeouts, and Bernie Williams is in a
2-for-26 slide.

The Yankees were 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position Sunday
and are hitting .132 (9-for-68) this season with two outs and
runners in scoring position.

They're not much better on defense. Catcher Jorge Posada dropped
a pair of foul popups, Jeter made a throwing error at shortstop,
and Jeter and Hideki Matsui let David Ortiz's pop down the
left-field line drop between them for a double.

"It was a terrible weekend," manager Joe Torre said. "I never
envisioned our offense having these kinds of problems."

Boston has spurted to the quick division lead despite missing
shortstop Nomar Garciaparra and outfielder Trot Nixon, who haven't
played this season because of injuries.

For the Yankees, it doesn't get easier. Starting on Tuesday,
they face Oakland's big three of Tim Hudson, Mark Mulder and Barry
Zito.

"Is that who we get?" Rodriguez said. "Great news. I'll
really enjoy my day off now."

Game notes
RHP Jon Lieber, recovering from an injured groin, made what
probably will be his final rehabilitation start in Florida before
rejoining New York, allowing two hits in seven scoreless innings
for Class-A Tampa against Fort Myers. ... Ortiz has an extra-base
hit in seven straight games (six doubles, one homer).