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Saturday, Apr. 14 1:05pm ET
Soriano's homer lifts Yankees

Roger vs. Pedro
Roger Clemens and Pedro Martinez have faced each other four times in their careers. Below is a rundown of the four games, including Saturday's:
  Clemens Martinez
Date 10/16/99 10/16/99
IP 2 7
H 6 2
R 5 0
BB 2 2
SO 2 12
Dec. loss win
Red Sox win game, 13-1.
  Clemens Martinez
Date 5/28/00 5/28/00
IP 9 9
H 5 4
R 2 0
BB 0 1
SO 13 9
Dec. loss win
Red Sox win game, 2-0.
  Clemens Martinez
Date 6/14/00 6/14/00
IP 1 6
H 1 6
R 0 1
BB 2 2
SO 0 7
Dec. no-dec. no-dec.
Yankees win game, 2-1.
  Clemens Martinez
Date 4/14/01 4/14/01
IP 6 7
H 5 6
R 2 2
BB 4 2
SO 5 9
Dec. no-dec. no-dec.
Yankees win game, 3-2.

BOSTON (AP) – Forget about Pedro and The Rocket. Alfonso Soriano was the big name Saturday.

The rookie second baseman atoned for a fielding mistake that led to two runs by hitting a ninth-inning solo homer that gave the New York Yankees a 3-2 win over the Boston Red Sox.

"We expect the inexperienced stuff, but one of the things I like about him is he doesn't crawl into a shell," Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "He just goes out there and does great things for us."

Soriano, a top prospect who began the season with just 10 major league hits, stole the spotlight from Pedro Martinez and Roger Clemens, who have eight Cy Young Awards between them.

They faced off for the fourth time, but neither was around at the end. Clemens left after six innings trailing 2-0. Martinez departed after seven with the score 2-2.

After Soriano's homer, Mariano Rivera pitched a perfect ninth for his third save, making a winner of Mike Stanton (1-0). A day earlier, Rivera allowed Manny Ramirez's two-run single in the 10th that gave Boston a 3-2 win.

"You might beat me once, but you're not going to beat me twice," Rivera said. "I'm coming at you and that's what I did."

The Red Sox went ahead 2-0 in the fourth on Trot Nixon's two-run single after Soriano was late covering second on a potential forceout grounder to shortstop Derek Jeter. Brian Daubach slid in safely and Nixon followed with his two-out hit.

"Even at this stage in my career, I still think I can get you four outs in an inning," Clemens said. "They've picked me up too many times for me to worry about that."

Soriano came up through the New York system as a shortstop but wasn't about to replace Jeter. And the Yankees had to find a spot for him when he led the majors with 32 spring-training hits.

So they put him at second and sent Chuck Knoblauch and his throwing problems to left field.

Soriano doesn't expect to have problems at second base much longer.

"I was a little bit confused about whether Jeter was going to throw to first," Soriano said. "I felt very happy (about the homer). I wasn't sure if it was going to clear the wall."

It just did, hitting the top of the 37-foot high Green Monster in left field and bouncing into the screen behind it.

Alfonso Soriano
Alfonso Soriano, left, is greeted at home by Scott Brosius after his ninth-inning homer, which was the difference in the game.

"It was a strike down in the zone," said loser Pete Schourek (0-1). "I thought it was off the wall."

Soriano, who extended his hitting streak to seven games, also was instrumental in tying the game in the seventh against Martinez.

"It was a hard day to pitch, windy, dry. I never felt comfortable with the breaking pitch," Martinez said. "Very few times are you going to see me with a lead (and) give it up."

Jorge Posada's double and Tino Martinez's single put runners at first and third. Soriano hit a forceout grounder to third, scoring Posada. Then Soriano stole second and third and scored the tying run on Pedro Martinez's wild pitch.

"He's aggressive," Jeter said. "When he makes mistakes he doesn't let it bother him."

The game met expectations at the start as Martinez and Clemens each pitched three scoreless innings.

Then Clemens was victimized again by Nixon, whose two-run homer last May 28 gave Boston a 2-0 win as both Clemens and Martinez pitched complete games in New York.

Martinez weakened as Saturday's game went on. He retired the first nine batters, six on strikeouts, and allowed one runner through four innings. But he let seven Yankees reach base in the next three innings.

"I'm only human," Martinez said. "I can't always do it."

He struck out nine and allowed six hits and two walks. Clemens struck out five, allowed five hits and four walks and threw a wild pitch.

In their four meetings, Martinez is 2-0 and Clemens is 0-2.

Last June 14 in New York, Martinez pitched six innings and Clemens left with a groin injury after one. The Yankees won 2-1. Martinez won 13-1 in the AL championship series Oct. 16, 1999, and 2-0 last May 28.

Game notes
The game drew 33,396, the fifth sellout in Boston's eight home games and the second straight. Sunday's and Monday's games against the Yankees have been sold out for a long time. ... David Justice turned 35 Saturday. He went 0-for-4. ... Two-time Boston Marathon winner Johnny Kelley, 93, wore a Red Sox cap backward at a breakfast held by race organizers Saturday. ... Yankees 3B Scott Brosius moved to center field after Luis Sojo pinch hit for Clay Bellinger in the seventh. It was Brosius' first outfield appearance since playing left field last Aug. 27 and his first stint in center since Aug. 30, 1997. In his career, he's started 120 games in the outfield, 54 in center.

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