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Archive for Thursday, September 6, 2001

American League Roundup: Clemens claims 19th victory

Mariners trounce Tampa Bay for triumph No. 100

September 6, 2001

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— Roger Clemens walked away with another win and a few more historic souvenirs.

Clemens set a Yankees mark with his 15th straight victory, leading New York over Toronto, 4-3, Wednesday night.

"It's special," Clemens said. "It's nice to have the lineup card. Skip handed it to me as soon as he walked through the door, and Mariano Rivera handed me the baseball. Those will be treasured, and I definitely will be able to look at those in the offseason and know what they mean."

Clemens (19-1) also became just the second player in major league history to win 19 of his first 20 decisions. Rube Marquard of the New York Giants did it in 1912.

"It would be great to know about him," Clemens said. "When you're able to do these things, you should probably get up to speed on those records. I wish I knew more."

The 39-year-old right-hander, the AL's first 19-game winner, passed Jack Chesbro and Whitey Ford for the longest winning streak in Yankee history. Chesbro won 14 straight in 1904, and Ford won 14 in 1961.

"I'm just very fortunate I'm still able to be a power pitcher," Clemens said. "My body and my arm respond when I need it to."

Clemens, seeking his sixth career 20-win season, will make his next start either Monday night against Boston or Tuesday night against the Chicago White Sox.

Yankees manager Joe Torre, pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre and Clemens will make that decision on Friday depending on how Clemens feels.

"Rocket is remarkable," Torre said. "Nineteen and one is one thing, 39-years-old is another thing. To still be the power pitcher, the dominant pitcher that he is, is remarkable, and yet when you watch on a day-to-day basis, you can understand why he is successful."

Athletics 12, Orioles 6

Oakland, Calif. Jason Giambi extended his hitting streak to a season-high 11 games with his 33rd home run as Oakland routed Baltimore for its fourth straight win.

Terrence Long added a solo home run and an RBI single, and Cory Lidle (10-6) allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings.

Oakland, which began the day with a 912-game lead in the AL wild card race, has won 10 of 11.

Red Sox 10, Indians 7

Boston Trot Nixon went 4-for-4 with a two-run homer, four RBIs and four runs scored as Boston ended its nine-game losing streak. The skid was the longest for Boston since dropping 11 straight in June 1994 under manager Butch Hobson.

The Red Sox, who have fallen 912 games behind the Yankees in the AL East and Oakland in the wild card race, are 7-12 under Joe Kerrigan, who replaced fired manager Jimy Williams on Aug. 16.

Mariners 12, Devil Rays 6

Seattle Seattle posted its 100th victory as Edgar Martinez and John Olerud each drove in three runs in a win over Tampa Bay. The Mariners (100-40) became the eighth team in major league history to reach the 100-win mark in 140 games.

Seattle, the only team in the majors to clinch a playoff spot so far, cut its magic number for clinching the AL West to six over Oakland.

Held to just 37 runs in their previous 12 games, the Mariners broke out with four runs in the fifth inning and five in the sixth. Ichiro Suzuki scored three times.

Twins 12, Rangers 2

Arlington, Texas David Ortiz homered twice and Cristian Guzman collected four of Minnesota's 20 hits as the Twins trounced Texas. Guzman homered and tripled, Ortiz drove in three runs and Jacque Jones also homered as the Twins tied their season high for hits.

White Sox 5, Tigers 3

Chicago Catcher Mark Johnson threw out two baserunners and hit an RBI double to lead Chicago over Detroit.

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