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BOSTON He said afterwards that he had no fastball and no breaking ball, that he was so aching he about had to backpack the brawl to home bowl in a wheelbarrow. Pedro Martinez still aching the Yankees bygone at Fenway Park, aching them bad. In his aftermost two starts adjoin them he now has 29 strikeouts in 16 innings and has accustomed the champions of the apple a absolute of three hits. The Yankees are still bigger than the Red Sox, at every position except ace of the staff. But they bigger accomplish abiding they win the American Alliance Championship Alternation afore Bold 7 Thursday night. Because Bold 7 is Martinez. The abundant dream matchup, Martinez adjoin Roger Clemens, had lasted for absolutely two batters in the basal of the first. Jose Offerman tripled off the right-field wall, on a brawl Paul O’Neill absent in the sun. John Valentin homered to larboard field. Clemens was advantageous to accomplish it to the third afore Joe Torre came and got him. Clemens was the one who got absent in the light, accustomed off by the added pitcher. “Where is Roger?
” the bleachers were chanting by the basal of the seventh inning, aback the Red Sox had was up to 13-0. “Where is Roger?
” The complete got bigger and bigger, bouncing off the lights and the Green Monster and maybe the Prudential Center in the distance. “Where is Roger?
” they kept chanting at Fenway Park. It was 2-0 afterwards the aboriginal inning for the Red Sox, afresh 4-0 in the second, afresh 6-0 in the third, assuredly 13-1. Martinez was on his way to 12 strikeouts in Bold 3 of the American Alliance Championship Series. And with anniversary strikeout, anniversary time he fabricated the Yankees attending as abortive bouncing at his fastball or his changeup as addition does bouncing for a taxicab in the rain, he told the Yankees that they’d bigger get this alternation afore he gets the brawl again. Andy Pettitte gets the brawl tonight. The Red Sox go with Bret Saberhagen, who has an arm captivated calm by electrical tape. Again: the Yankees are better. But they are not the bigger aggregation adjoin Martinez, who endemic the Yankees bygone the way he endemic Fenway Park. No one has anytime been animated louder than this at Fenway, not Ted Williams, not Carl Yastrzemski in ’67. Not anyone. Once Luis Tiant was animated like this at Fenway, aback he was casting the Red Sox to the Apple Series. No one since. Clemens was gone afterwards the third, and took the boos with him, the atrocious carol of Rog-er, Rog-er.
” The bonanza stickers anesthetized out on the artery afore the bold read, “Cy Young vs. Cy Old.
” The advanced folio of the Boston Herald was a apish battle affiche that read, “Brawl in Beantown,” with pictures of Clemens and Martinez. Alone now it was all Martinez. The aftermost time the Yankees looked this bad, got bankrupt up this way, was Bold 1 of the 1996 Apple Series. “I had the aforementioned affair in the aboriginal inning as I had the accomplished game,” Martinez would say afterward. “Nothing.
” “I’m aching and I’m not lying,” he said. “But I’m activity to accumulate activity out there.
” He said he didn’t accept a fastball that could breach 90 mph on the alarm gun, he kept thanking God for accepting him through the accomplished thing. He fabricated it complete as if he had pitched the way Clemens did, as if he was the one who got agape out by the third inning, as if he were the one who looked like Cy Old at Fenway Park. The Yankees, as you ability imagine, saw things somewhat abnormally from beneath 12 strikeouts and 13-1. “He is an astonishing aggregate of ability and finesse,” David Cone said. “Last time,” Paul O’Neill said, “he exhausted us with fastballs (when he addled out the 17). This time it was added changeups. But you apperceive what? The basal band was the same: Zeroes.
” So afterwards Martinez articulate as if he had been the one to accord up bristles hits and bristles runs, absolved two in beneath than three innings. And Clemens gave you the aforementioned awe-inspiring abnegation that he has accustomed all division every time he has gotten pasted. “I fabricated some acceptable pitches,” he said. “I had aloof about aggregate I had alive in Texas, except location.
” It is like adage the Yankees had a appealing acceptable day bygone at Fenway, with the accessible barring of the Red Sox scoring those 13 runs. “I was in a bearings area I knew what I was up against,” Clemens said. “Obviously I capital to accomplish a bigger showing.
” He fabricated no assuming at all. He was the bullpen who had nothing. Martinez, with a bad back, activity on heart, was aggregate adjoin the Yankees. Starting at the end of the aboriginal inning and activity into the basal of the fifth, Martinez addled out eight of the 13 Yankees he faced. He looked the way Sandy Koufax would attending adjoin old Yankee teams at this time of year. He did not aloof attending like the best admired amateur in his league, he looked like the best admired amateur in the accomplished sport. “He has command,” Bernie Williams said. “He was able to accomplish a big angle every time he bare one.
” THIS WAS his day at Fenway. If his aggregation does not get addition bold off the Yankees, it got this game. Fenway had 13-1 on the day aback Clemens came aback to face his above aggregation and looked as age-old as the ballpark. Sometimes these dream matches alone assignment out for one side. Sometimes there is alone one man larboard continuing while the ballpark has to ask area the added man went. Area is Roger? they asked at Fenway. Area is Roger? The acknowledgment was the aforementioned at Fenway bygone as it has been at Yankee Stadium: It’s as if he wasn’t anytime there.