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Yanks beat Red Sox, 11-7
03/07/2004  2:17 PM ET
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Yankees picked up their fierce rivalry with the Red Sox right where they left off last October, as New York defeated Boston, 11-7, in the first spring meeting between the AL East foes at City of Palms Park.

Tony Clark paced the Yankees with three hits, including a pair of home runs, driving in five runs. Derek Jeter also blasted a monster two-run shot, as New York improved to 3-1 in Grapefruit League action.

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Alex Rodriguez, playing against the Red Sox for the first time in a Yankees uniform, went 1-for-2 with an infield single, fielding the only ball hit his way during his three innings.

"It was as intense a Spring Training game as I've ever played in," said Rodriguez. "I'm usually not involved in this type of intense March games."

Jose Contreras made his first start of the spring, allowing four runs -- three of them unearned -- on five hits. Contreras struck out one in his two innings of work, but the big right-hander did not look particularly sharp.

"I had good control in the bullpen, but when I got out on the mound, I was up in the zone," Contreras said through an interpreter. "When I left the ball up, they connected well."

The Red Sox jumped out to a three-run lead in the first, partially aided by Jeter's throwing error on the opening play of the contest. Bill Mueller opened the scoring with an RBI single, while Kevin Millar belted a two-run double four batters later. Pokey Reese added a solo home run in the second, putting the Sox ahead, 4-0.

Boston starter Bronson Arroyo shut the Yankees out in three innings of work, allowing just a single to Miguel Cairo in the third inning.

New York finally broke through in the fourth, tagging right-hander Jason Shiell for six runs. After Kenny Lofton doubled to start the frame, Jeter crushed a shot to straightaway center, nearly hitting the top of the 25-foot black net over the 410-foot sign.