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AL: Bosox recover to take series

By Wire services
Published April 20, 2004

BOSTON - In the end, Gabe Kapler and the Red Sox got themselves going in the right direction.

Boston polished off a big weekend with another win over the New York Yankees when Kapler's run-scoring single in the eighth inning gave it a 5-4 victory Monday.

"Taking three of four from the Yankees is a tough thing to do in any venue," Kapler said.

Things didn't go well early at Fenway Park for Kapler or the Red Sox. He looked foolish on the bases in the second, twice forgetting how many outs there were, and Boston fell behind 4-1.

But on a huge sports day in the Hub - the Boston Marathon in the morning, Game 7 of the Bruins-Canadiens NHL playoff series at night, a major trade for Corey Dillon by the Super Bowl champion Patriots - the Red Sox again stopped Alex Rodriguez and their fiercest rivals.

Rodriguez, hitless in his first 16 at-bats in the series, singled with two outs in the ninth but was stranded when Jason Giambi struck out against Keith Foulke.

"It was an awful series for me personally," Rodriguez said. "I feel good. I'm confident I'm going to come out if it. It's one bad series."

Kapler's problems on Patriots Day began shortly after the 11:07 a.m. start.

Kapler had been struggling with five hits in 29 at-bats before singling in Boston's first run in the second.

Then, losing track that there were two outs, he held up to make sure Pokey Reese's single fell into the rightfield corner and had to stop on second.

Kapler held up again when the next batter, Johnny Damon, flied out to end the inning.

Those mistakes didn't cost Boston a run, but Kapler didn't think his winning hit made up for them.

"There's no making up for that," he said. "There's absolutely no excuse for that in a spring training game, in a Little League game."

Starter Bronson Arroyo, a former Hernando High standout, trailed 4-1 after three, then shut out the Yankees until leaving after striking out Rodriguez leading off the seventh.

Manny Ramirez, who ended the seventh with a double-play grounder with runners at first and third and the score tied at 4, made an outstanding catch while banging into the leftfield wall on Bernie Williams' one-out drive to left in the ninth.

David McCarty, 0-for-9 for the season, scored the go-ahead run after reaching on a wind-blown double that eluded leftfielder Hideki Matsui.

"It's over with. We can't worry about it," Derek Jeter said of the series. "No matter how you look at it, it's one of 162 games."

TIGERS 10, INDIANS 4: Cleveland reliever Jake Westbrook pitched seven perfect innings, but Rondell White hit a three-run homer in a six-run eighth for visiting Detroit.

Westbrook, who struck out seven, came on to pitch with the Indians trailing 4-0 in the first after a 65-minute rain delay. Before the shower and hailstorm, Indians starter and St. Petersburg native Jeff D'Amico gave up four runs. In 12 minutes, he faced six batters and did not get an out.

Rafael Betancourt replaced Westbrook to start the eighth and gave up one-out singles to Carlos Guillen and Ivan Rodriguez before White lined his third homer into the leftfield bleachers for a 7-4 lead.

[Last modified April 20, 2004, 01:20:37]


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