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Staying Alive! Yankees Beat Indians 8-4


It looked like the end of an era was quickly approaching for the New York Yankees Sunday. Yankees owner "King George" AKA George Steinbrenner had an interview with a New Jersey newspaper The Record in which he said that if New York did not survive the A.L.D.S. longtime manager Joe Torre would probably end up among the casualties. New York started veteran Roger Clemens in game three with the Cleveland Indians leading the best of five series 2-0. The man who fans from the Bronx back in May thought would be their "savior" was anything but, his injuries getting the best of him having to leave the game in the third with the Indians leading 3-0. Clemens had allowed a homer to Trot Nixon and Jhonny Peralta, and Ryan Garko each had a RBI.


But where the veteran failed, the rookies came through as Phil Hughes and Joba Chamberlain shut down Cleveland. The two combined for 5 2/3 innings allowing 5 hits and one run. Mariano Rivera came in for the ninth to close the door.


New York centerfielder Johnny Damon finally showed why his team's nickname is "The Bronx Bombers." Damon had three hits four RBI and a key home run off Tribe starter Jake Westbrook in the fifth to put the Yankees ahead to stay 5-3, and getting Yankee Stadium to rock in the process.


Cleveland now has a 2-1 lead in the series, which resumes Monday with Paul Byrd who had a 15-8 regular season record on the mound for Cleveland. Although veteran Mike Mussina was scheduled to start game four for New York, reports now say that Chien-Ming Wang may get the start with just 3 days rest since losing game one.

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