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Roger Clemens Draws Giants’ Ire

June 11, 2002

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Roger Clemens intimated he would hit Barry Bonds when he faced him. After he did, San Francisco Giants manager Dusty Baker suggested a change of nickname might be in order.

``I’ve got a lot of respect for Roger as a pitcher,″ Baker said. ``What do they call him, the Rocket? Maybe Roger the Dodger, that’s good enough.″

Whatever you call him, his results are the same. Clemens moved up the career list for victories Sunday, getting No. 288 as the New York Yankees finished their first series against the San Francisco Giants since the 1962 World Series with a 4-2 win.

The anticipated matchup between future Hall of Famers fizzled as Clemens refused to challange Bonds, hitting him with a pitch on his protective arm guard and walking him three times.

Clemens (8-2) hinted earlier in the week he might throw inside to Bonds and wanted to ``even things out″ by getting him to take his armor off.

Clemens has history of pitching inside to his opponents, superstars included. He beaned Mike Piazza of the Mets in an interleague game in June 2000 and whizzed a pitch past Alex Rodriguez’s head in the 2000 AL playoffs, sending the shortstop to the ground.

``You can be bold over here in the American League and get away with it,″ Baker said.

In other interleague games, it was Atlanta 9, Texas 3; Arizona 7, Boston 3; Chicago Cubs 5, Seattle 1; Florida 6, Minnesota 3; Los Angeles 2, Baltimore 1; Oakland 7, Houston 6; Anaheim 7, Cincinnati 4; Kansas City 3, St. Louis 2; Chicago White Sox 13, Montreal 2; Cleveland 8, New York Mets 3; Toronto 3, Colorado 2; Philadelphia 7, Detroit 5; San Diego 9, Tampa Bay 6.

In the only NL game, Pittsburgh beat Milwaukee 5-4.

Bonds reached base in 11 of 14 plate appearances in the series against the Yankees, walking four times Sunday. He tied a major league record with three intentional passes in a nine-inning game.

Nick Johnson gave the Yankees a 3-2 lead when he hit a two-out, two-run double off closer Robb Nen in the eighth inning.

Bonds came to the plate with a runner on first and two outs in the ninth, bringing the Yankee Stadium crowd of 55,335 to its feet. But after reliever Steve Karsay fell behind 3-1, he walked Bonds intentionally to put the tying run on base.

``Look, there’s no question there’s no greater theater than the pitcher against the hitter,″ Yankees manager Joe Torre said. ``The 1-on-1 is great. But those people booing, I’d like to poll them and ask if they’d rather go home with a victory or having seen Barry beat us with a homer.″

Braves 9, Rangers 3

Javy Lopez homered and drove in four runs, one more than he had in his last 19 games, and Atlanta extended its season-best winning streak to six games with a win over host Texas.

Gary Sheffield hit a two-run shot and Jason Marquis went seven innings, allowing just two runs while scattering eight hits for the Braves, who became only the second NL team to sweep a series in Texas.

Diamondbacks 7, Red Sox 3

Junior Spivey hit an inside-the-park homer as Arizona completed a three-game sweep at Boston.

Luis Gonzalez, Damian Miller and Erubiel Durazo also homered to send the Red Sox to their longest losing streak of the season.

Spivey’s shot bounced off the Green Monster as center fielder Johnny Damon ran into the wall.

Spivey became the first Red Sox opponent to hit an inside-the-park home run at Fenway Park since Toronto’s Junior Felix on June 2, 1989.

Cubs 5, Mariners 1

Sammy Sosa hit his major league-leading 22nd home run, leading Jon Lieber and the Cubs over Seattle.

The Cubs won two of three in the series, with each game sold out at Safeco Field.

Angels 7, Reds 4

David Eckstein hit his major league-leading third grand slam of the season and tripled for host Anaheim.

Russell Branyan homered, a day after driving in two runs in his Reds debut.

Cincinnati star Ken Griffey Jr. missed his second straight game because of a strained right hamstring.

Marlins 6, Twins 3

Derrek Lee hit a pair of solo home runs over the center-field fence, then made a key catch at first base for Florida.

Mike Lowell drove in three runs and Andy Fox had three hits as the Marlins averted a three-game sweep at the Metrodome.

Athletics 7, Astros 6

Miguel Tejada hit a tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning and Oakland completed a three-game sweep at the Coliseum.

Tejada also hit a three-run double as the Athletics won their fourth in a row, matching a season best. Houston has lost four straight.

Dodgers 2, Orioles 1

Odalis Perez struck out a career-high 10 and Eric Gagne escaped a ninth-inning jam to lead Los Angeles.

Brian Jordan drove in both runs as the Dodgers won two of three at Camden Yards.

Baltimore’s Gary Matthews Jr. reached third base with no outs in the ninth, but Gagne struck out Melvin Mora and Brian Roberts and retired Chris Singleton on a routine fly.

Royals 3, Cardinals 2

Raul Ibanez hit a leadoff home run in the bottom of the ninth inning for Kansas City.

The Royals averted their first sweep by St. Louis in their intrastate series.

Phillies 7, Tigers 5

Brandon Duckworth won for the first time in six starts and Philadelphia completed a sweep at Comerica Park.

Pat Burrell tripled, doubled and drove in two runs for the Phillies. Detroit has lost six in a row and 10 of 11.

White Sox 13, Expos 2

Magglio Ordonez drove in career high-tying six runs as the White Sox beat Montreal at Comiskey Park.

Ordonez doubled twice and singled to lead Mark Buehrle to his ninth victory. Carl Pavano lost his third straight start.

Indians 8, Mets 3

Omar Vizquel drove in two runs and Cleveland took advantage of New York’s sloppy fielding at Jacobs Field.

Vizquel singled to key a five-run fourth inning. He homered twice and had five RBIs on Saturday night.

The Mets, the majors’ worst fielding team this season, made three more errors.

Blue Jays 3, Rockies 2

Rookie Joe Lawrence’s sacrifice fly capped a two-run rally in the bottom of the ninth inning and Toronto finished a three-game sweep at SkyDome.

Colorado had scored only one run in the series before pinch-hitter Benny Agbayani’s two-out, two-run single in the ninth.

But the Blue Jays came back to win their fourth in a row and ninth in 10 games. Colorado has lost six of seven.

Padres 9, Devil Rays 6

Randy Winn homered and doubled three times and Julius Matos hit his first major league home run and drove in four runs at Tropicana Field.

Winn, playing on his 28th birthday, set a Devil Rays record with four extra-base hits in one game. Matos hit a three-run homer in his 11th big league at-bat.

National League

Pirates 5, Brewers 4

Pokey Reese hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the eighth inning for Pittsburgh.

The Pirates swept the three-game series and are 6-0 against Milwaukee this year.

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