Final

Series: Game 1 of 3

San Diego leads 1-0 (as of 6/11)

Game 1: Friday, June 11
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NY Yankees2
Game 2: Saturday, June 12
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Game 3: Sunday, June 13
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in 12
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Padres 10

(33-27, 17-15 away)

Yankees 2

(38-21, 21-9 home)

    7:05 PM ET, June 11, 2004

    Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York 

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    W: A. Eaton (3-6)

    L: F. Heredia (0-1)

    S: A. Otsuka (2)

    Nevin's 3-run HR supports Eaton

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Mike Mussina knew there was no arguing with pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre this time.

    Mussina left his start in the third inning because of tightness in his right groin, then the San Diego Padres capitalized on his absence to beat the New York Yankees 10-2 Friday night in their first game at Yankee Stadium since losing Game 2 of the 1998 World Series.

    "Whether we want to admit it or not, not having to face him for the rest of the game is an added bonus," said Adam Eaton, who pitched seven sharp innings for San Diego.

    Phil Nevin hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning and Mark Loretta had two doubles, an RBI and three runs scored for the Padres, who jumped on reliever Felix Heredia (0-1) in the fourth to snap a 1-all tie.

    Mussina struck out four of his first six batters and seemed to be on his way to another stellar start before he hurt the groin on his last pitch to Khalil Greene for the second out of the third.

    After struggling to retire Sean Burroughs, the right-hander talked to Stottlemyre, who immediately decided Mussina was done for the night as a precaution.

    "I'm not concerned about it," Mussina said. "It doesn't hurt walking around, just stretching down from the mound."

    On Sunday, Mussina persuaded Stottlemyre to let him start the ninth and try for a shutout. This time, Mussina knew coming out of the game was the right call.

    "This happens once in a while. I'll just have to stay ready and get back when I can," he added.

    Mussina's injury occurred just two days after teammate Kevin Brown left his start against Colorado with a strained back. New York manager Joe Torre is hoping the day off Monday will help the two pitchers recuperate.

    "I'm just going to let it play out the next two days and see what our options are (after Monday)," Torre said. We'll see how far along Brownie and Moose are then."

    The Yankees lost their first interleague game since being no-hit by six Houston pitchers exactly a year ago. They had won 13 straight interleague matchups and four in a row overall.

    Eaton (3-6) has won consecutive starts after losing six straight decisions. He allowed four hits and two runs while striking out four and walking three. He gave up two runs in six innings against Milwaukee on Sunday.

    "In this ballpark against this lineup, yeah, it's one of his finer games," Padres manager Bruce Bochy said.

    Akinori Otsuka pitched two perfect innings for his second save.

    After Alex Rodriguez gave the Yankees an early lead with a solo homer to right in the first inning, the Padres scored an unusual run on an infield hit, a stolen base and two errors.

    Kerry Robinson got the first hit off Mussina with one out in the third and stole second. He advanced to third when catcher Jorge Posada's throw hit him sliding into the bag. Robinson then scored after left fielder Hideki Matsui's throw back into the infield hit second base and bounced back into the outfield.

    "It wasn't pretty," Torre said. "He's just so used to getting it in quickly and he short-hopped it."

    Loretta greeted Heredia with his first double leading off the fourth and scored one out later on Nevin's single.

    The Padres added two runs in the fifth on Burroughs' RBI single and Loretta's groundout. Burroughs' hard slide into second prevented second baseman Enrique Wilson from attempting to complete the double play.

    "I think we're a pretty aggressive baserunning club," Nevin said. "It's something that we've definitely talked about."

    The Yankees loaded the bases with no outs in the sixth, but Eaton gave up only one run on Gary Sheffield's sacrifice fly. He got Posada to fly to left and struck out Matsui.

    "I was surprised to be out there," Eaton said. "Anytime the manager shows that kind of confidence in you, that means a lot."

    The Padres added a run in the eighth off Paul Quantrill on Jay Payton's sacrifice fly and scored five times in the ninth against Gabe White, capped by Nevin's ninth home run.

    Game notes


    Rodriguez reached base for a career-high 48th straight game. ... The Yankees played Ray Charles' rendition of "America the Beautiful" during the seventh inning stretch in honor of the singer, who died Thursday. ... There was a moment of silence before the game for President Ronald Reagan, whose funeral was earlier Friday.

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