Glavine Gets Win; Clemens Gets Booed

Posted: July 16, 1999

Tom Glavine got off to a fine start in the second half. Roger Clemens got booed off the field.

In just the second-ever matchup of reigning Cy Young winners, Glavine pitched the visiting Atlanta Braves past Clemens and the New York Yankees last night, 6-2, in front of a restless crowd of 49,087.

Behind Glavine (8-8), Atlanta won its third in a row in the meeting of first-place teams. New York, which defeated the Braves in the 1996 World Series, is 4-4 against them in three years of interleague play.

"I'm very happy with the way I've been throwing the ball the last five to six weeks," Glavine said. "I feel pretty comfortable."

While Glavine won for the fifth time in six decisions, Clemens has lost two consecutive starts for the first time since May 1998.

And when Clemens (8-4) struggled, the fans showed no sympathy. Still waiting for him to display his Hall of Fame stuff in pin stripes, they booed loudly when he was chased during a three-run seventh inning that left him with a 4.98 ERA.

"I'm just going to try to continue to work hard and minimize mistakes," he said.

Asked whether he noticed the booing, he quickly said no.

"He just doesn't seem like he's in a comfort zone," Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "It's taken him longer than he expected to fix this thing."

The crowd began booing, however, the moment the umpires walked on the field. One fan, upset at their threatened mass resignation, held up a sign that read, "Will Umpire For Food." Crew chief Jim Evans later got an earful from Torre, who argued two close plays at first base.

Atlanta's Brian Jordan, who met with owner George Steinbrenner at Yankee Stadium during his free-agent tour in the offseason, drove in three runs. Javy Lopez, out since June 20 because of an injured right knee, had two RBI.

In other games:


At Houston, Derek Bell hit a go- ahead, two-run single in the seventh inning as the Astros overcame a six-run deficit in manager Larry Dierker's return to the dugout.

Dierker collapsed in the dugout on June 13, and two days later had brain surgery to repair malformed blood vessels. Houston went 13-14 under interim manager Matt Galante, the team's bench coach.


At Arlington, Texas, Mark McLemore's bases-loaded double with two outs in the ninth drove in all three Texas runs, leading the Rangers over Arizona.

Randy Johnson, who had pitched great his last four starts but got zero runs from his teammates, shut out Texas on six hits over eight innings. Newly acquired closer Matt Mantei (1-3) replaced him to start the ninth, but gave up three runs after getting the first two outs.


At Chicago, Sammy Sosa snapped out of a slump with his major league-leading 33rd homer and a double, and Henry Rodriguez hit a three-run shot as the Cubs beat Minnesota.


At St. Louis, Rick Croushore scored from first when first baseman Greg Norton threw away a 13th-inning bunt and the Cardinals defeated the White Sox.

Mark McGwire hit his 29th home run as the Cardinals won for only the second time in six extra-inning home games.


At Toronto, Mike Lowell hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the ninth inning as Florida continued its dominance in interleague play.

The Marlins are 29-15 since interleague play began in 1997 and 9-4 this season.


At Oakland, Olmedo Saenz hit a three-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Athletics rallied to defeat San Francisco.

The Giants' Barry Bonds set a major league record by receiving his 294th intentional walk, breaking the career mark he shared with Henry Aaron.


At Pittsburgh, Bartolo Colon (8- 3) regularly hit 101 mph on the radar gun during eight shutout innings, extending his scoreless streak against Pittsburgh to 17 innings as Cleveland beat the Pirates.


At Baltimore, Albert Belle homered and drove in four runs and Sidney Ponson scattered 11 hits in his AL-high fourth complete game as the Orioles defeated Montreal.

Orioles third baseman Cal Ripken was hit by a pitch in the wrist and removed from the game. The injury was diagnosed as a bruise.


At St. Petersburg, Fla., Roger Cedeno's RBI double in the 10th inning led New York over the Devil Rays.


At Anaheim, Mo Vaughn singled home Randy Velarde in the bottom of the 10the inning as the Angels defeated Los Angeles.

In a NL game:


At Cincinnati, Greg Vaughn homered and drove in three runs as the Reds pounded Darryl Kile and added to their one-month surge by beating Colorado.

In other news:

BRAVES: Smoltz rehab

Atlanta Braves righthander John Smoltz struck out four in two shutout innings in Double A Greenville's 6-1 loss at Jacksonville.

Smoltz is rehabilitating from an elbow injury. He is expected to throw one or two more innings in Jacksonville before rejoining the Braves at Miami on Tuesday.

ALL-STARS: A success

The economic impact of the All- Star Game was more of a windfall than tourism officials in Boston expected, according to early estimates.

The unanticipated success of FanFest and evidence of higher- than-expected retail sales have officials at the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau predicting that spending may come closer to major league baseball's estimate of $62 million. That's well over their own prediction of $50 million to $54 million.

CARDINALS: Sign pick

Righthander Chance Caple, the St. Louis Cardinals' first pick in last month's amateur draft, agreed to a minor league contract with a $1.2 million signing bonus.


The Florida Marlins acquired lefthander Ryan Moskau as the player to be named in the deal that sent infielder Craig Counsell to the Los Angeles Dodgers last month.

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