Final

Series: Game 2 of 4

Boston leads 2-0 (as of 4/17)

Game 1: Friday, April 16
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Game 2: Saturday, April 17
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Game 3: Sunday, April 18
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in 10
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Game 4: Monday, April 19
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Yankees 2

(5-6, 2-4 away)

Red Sox 5

(6-4, 4-2 home)

1:20 PM ET, April 17, 2004

Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts 

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W: C. Schilling (2-0)

L: M. Mussina (1-3)

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.

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