Dodger Stadium draws record crowd

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Jeff Weaver's first game against his former
New York Yankees teammates was one to remember: a record crowd, a
playoff atmosphere and a victory for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Juan Encarnacion drove in the go-ahead run and Los Angeles won
6-3 Friday night in the first regular-season meeting between two of
baseball's most storied franchises.

"I was definitely excited about it," Weaver said. "Anytime
you face the team you played with last you're looking for a little
redemption to kind of show them what they might have lost."

Playing before the largest regular-season crowd in Dodger
Stadium history, the Yankees lost back-to-back games for the first
time since May 21-22 at Texas.

Weaver, booed out of New York, impressed former teammate Jason
Giambi, who was 1-for-4 with two strikeouts.

"We got some hits off him and put some runs on the board early,
but he didn't get frustrated," Giambi said. "He got stronger and
stronger as the game went on and we just couldn't put anything
together after that."

The teams hadn't played in a game that meant anything since the
1981 World Series, which the Dodgers won 4-2 by sweeping the final
four games. Of their 11 World Series meetings, the Yankees won
eight titles. Seven of the Dodgers' appearances came when they
played in Brooklyn.

The lively sellout crowd of 55,207 heartily booed the Yankees,
especially former Dodger Gary Sheffield, during pregame
introductions, and frequently shouted a derogatory chant about the

"It was incredible," said Dave Roberts, whose two-run single
helped the Dodgers tie the game in the fourth. "I've been here for
three years and I haven't seen it like this. To see the support and
the excitement and the energy just filtered through the dugout, and
we felt it."

Several former players who participated in the postseason
rivalry and now work for either team were on hand, including Reggie
Jackson, Willie Randolph, Roy White, Ron Cey, Rick Monday and Don

Weaver (5-7) gave up three runs and seven hits in six innings
against his former team. He struck out four, walked two and shut
down Alex Rodriguez, who had reached base safely in 53 straight

"It's a streak that I'll remember, and it was fun," Rodriguez
said. "He was the same old Weaver. He mixed up pitches well and
had pretty good stuff. The key for us is to get him early. We did,
but we just couldn't apply the knockout punch."

Eric Gagne got three outs for his 17th save, extending his major
league record to 80 in a row.

"The fans were really getting into it. They were amazing," he
said. "You always want to win, but you put a little extra into it
when you go out against the Yankees."

New York starter Javier Vazquez (7-5) struggled with his
control, giving up five runs -- two earned -- and nine hits in
five-plus innings. He threw three wild pitches -- one led to a run
in the fourth -- and made a costly throwing error in the sixth.

"When I feel like I don't have good stuff, I just try to keep
us in the game. It was just a bad night," Vazquez said.

The Dodgers took a 5-3 lead in the sixth. Adrian Beltre led off
with a single and advanced to third on consecutive wild pitches by
Vazquez -- who was serenaded by the song "Wild Thing" over the
public address system. Encarnacion doubled to the left-field
corner, scoring Beltre. Encarnacion scored from second when Vazquez
fielded Alex Cora's bunt single and threw into the runner, causing
the ball to pop loose.

"He was getting under his fastball a little bit and was getting
his pitches up," Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "They took a lot
of pitches and made him work hard. He's such an aggressive young
man, he fights himself a little bit."

Los Angeles made it 6-3 in the seventh on Paul Lo Duca's RBI

The Yankees took a 3-0 lead with three bloop hits in the third,
including Giambi's two-run single. Vazquez opened the inning with a

The Dodgers tied the game with three runs in the fourth. Beltre
doubled and scored on Vazquez's wild pitch. Roberts' single up the
middle scored two runs.

"We executed to perfection in every phase of the game,"
Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said.

Game notes
The Yankees traded struggling LHP Gabe White back to
Cincinnati for minor league pitcher Charlie Manning. The Reds also
receive a player to be named and cash from the Yankees as part of
the deal. ... Commissioner Bud Selig attended the game.