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Series: Game 2 of 3

Anaheim leads 2-0 (as of 8/21)

Game 1: Friday, August 20
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Game 2: Saturday, August 21
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Game 3: Sunday, August 22
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Angels 6

(69-54, 36-27 away)

Yankees 1

(76-46, 43-17 home)

    1:05 PM ET, August 21, 2004

    Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York 

    R H E
    ANA - -
    NYY - -

    W: S. Shields (7-2)

    L: E. Loaiza (9-7)

    Loaiza fails to make it out of the fourth

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Thunder boomed. Lightning cracked. Even the weather turns ominous when Esteban Loaiza is on the mound these days.

    Jose Guillen and Jeff DaVanon homered off the newest target of booing fans at Yankee Stadium, and Loaiza failed to make it out of the fourth inning Saturday in the Angels' storm-interrupted 6-1 win over New York, a game that took 6½ hours to complete.

    "New York is like no other place," Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "It could be cruel, but it could be also wonderful. The fans know what they want to see. They're behind your back and at your back at the drop of a hat. They like to win. Go out there and have a good outing, and that stuff is by the boards."

    Acquired from the White Sox on July 31 for Jose Contreras, Loaiza (9-7) has made himself nearly superfluous in the Yankees' current six-man rotation, going 0-2 with a 7.08 ERA in four starts. After compiling a 21-9 record last year for Chicago and finishing second to Toronto's Roy Halladay in AL Cy Young Award voting, he's allowed 29 homers, the third-highest total in the league, and could lose his starting job when New York goes back to a five-man rotation at the end of the month.

    "I'm going through a slump right now," he said. "I'm really confident. I just wish that everything can turn around and go my way again."

    Already, there has been talk that he will be dealt again.

    "I kiddingly said to him the other day when I first heard about it, `Welcome to New York," Torre said.

    Anaheim, which has won four straight and 12 of 16, goes for a three-game sweep Sunday, the finale of a six-game trip. The Angels, just behind the pace in the AL West and the wild-card race, held New York to one run in the first two games of the series.

    "We match up with them pretty well, and they've been struggling a little lately," said Guillen, who fouled a ball off an ankle and left after the rain delay.

    New York, playing its worst ball since early April, has lost five of its last six and been outscored 33-8 in the defeats.

    "It was flatter today than yesterday. We're down right now," Torre said. "We're not playing well."

    New York's AL East lead over second-place Boston, which stood at 10½ games on Monday, is down to 6½ games, the Yankees' smallest margin since July 11.

    "I don't think we're uncomfortable," Alex Rodriguez said. "We are where we want to be."

    Anaheim went ahead in the second. Rodriguez couldn't come up with Guillen's grounder that went for a double that put runners on second and third, then picked up Bengie Molina's one-out, bases-loaded grounder, stepped on third base but threw wildly to first for an error. John Flaherty's homer off Aaron Sele tied it in the third.

    The skies darkened in the fourth, when Loaiza faced five batters and didn't retire any.

    The crowd booed loudly after Guillen's homer on an 0-2 pitch put Anaheim ahead 2-1, again when DaVanon homered three pitches later, and yet again when Chone Figgins' drive into the right-field upper deck hooked just foul.

    After Figgins hit an RBI single, Torre came out to remove Loaiza, and fans booed some more when the pitcher walked back to the dugout. Then came the 3-hour, 42-minute delay.

    While the rain slowed several times, umpires knew the forecast and waited out the weather. Only about 5,000 fans from the original sellout crowd of 54,008 remained after the delay.

    "I don't think there was a lot more that could be done, as it turned out," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "They were very accurate about the timing of it."

    Scot Shields (7-2) relieved Sele after the rain delay pitched three scoreless innings for the win, Anaheim's ninth in 10 road games. He combined with Brendan Donnelly and Francisco Rodriguez for shutout relief.

    "As the time kept going by, I thought Aaron would not be going out there," Shields said in the clubhouse. "I was just relaxing in here, the same way I do in the bullpen."

    Game notes


    After the delay, former Yankee Curtis Pride added a run-scoring single in the seventh off Tanyon Sturtze, and Garret Anderson had an RBI double in the ninth off C.J. Nitkowski. ... The Yankees' Jason Giambi, recovering from a parasite and a benign tumor, could run outdoors Sunday for the first time since straining his left groin Tuesday. He ran in an indoor pool and went through an upper body workout Saturday. "Everything was good in the pool," Giambi said. "I think tomorrow we're going to get on the ground. We haven't had any setbacks. Tomorrow is a big day." ... Angels LHP Jarrod Washburn (ribcage) threw off a bullpen mound for the third time in five days and could start a rehabilitation assignment next week. ... RHP Phillip Hughes, the Yankees' top pick in June's amateur draft, will not pitch for the rest of this season after breaking his right toe.

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