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Yanks' winning numbers: 100 and 1
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 5      1   Final
09/20/2002 10:59 pm ET 
 Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
 Yankees 0 0 0 1 1 0 3 0 0 5 11 0
 Tigers 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 8 1
Yanks' winning numbers: 100 and 1
By Tom Singer / MLB.com

DETROIT -- The New York Yankees have mounted their fifth consecutive American League East trophy. Maybe they'll get to engrave it Saturday.

Roger Clemens pitched six tenacious innings Friday for his 293rd career win and Alfonso Soriano's 100th RBI delivered the decisive run as the Yankees downed the Tigers, 5-1, to clinch a tie for the division title.

Only Boston's 4-2 victory in Baltimore kept the AL East from being "case closed."

  Alfonso Soriano   /   2B
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 180
Bats/Throws: R/R

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In a game delayed 1 hour, 57 minutes by rain, Derek Jeter gave the Yankees a 1-0 lead against left-hander Andy Van Hekken (1-2) with an RBI single in the fourth and Soriano made it 2-0 with a sacrifice fly the next inning.

Though that accounted for Soriano's 100th RBI of the season, three of them have come lower in the batting order, still leaving him three shy of matching Darin Erstad, the only leadoff man to drive in 100 runs in a season. Erstad, of the Angels, did it in 2000.

Clemens (13-6) reeled through his six innings, allowing only one run and five hits but compounding his woes with five walks, matching his season high. He also walked five in his Opening Day start at Baltimore.

Yet few of Clemens' first 292 wins could have been guttier. He left the bases loaded twice in his six innings, and did so stunningly in the sixth.

Robert Fick had already cut into his 2-0 lead with a leadoff homer when the Rocket appeared on the verge of imploding.

Carlos Pena singled sharply to center, then Michael Rivera caromed a shot flush off Clemens' left shin into short right.

Manager Joe Torre checked on Clemens' health and was convinced into letting him continue. But after Eric Munson walked to load the bases, still with none out, Torre came out for another medical checkup.

   Roger Clemens   /   P
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Weight: 238
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Again, Clemens talked his way into staying. Twelve pitches later, he was back in the dugout with his 2-1 lead intact: Craig Monroe, strike out looking. Andres Torres, infield pop out. Chris Truby, strike out swinging.

While the Yankees won their 96th game, the Tigers were losing their 99th, and the game-breaking play suggested why the difference exists.

It was still a taut 2-1 contest until Detroit left-fielder Craig Monroe muffed Juan Rivera's two-out drive with two on in the seventh. Rivera casually backtracked on Rivera's liner, then just as casually reached up for the ball and had it kiss out of his glove's pocket as both Enrique Wilson and Soriano scored.

Jeter then doubled into the right-field corner to deliver Rivera for his second RBI of the game and a 5-1 lead.

Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.




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BOX SCORE
New York Yankees 5, Detroit Tigers 1
New York Yankees
BatterPosABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Soriano2B 3221100.308
Rivera, JRF 3100103.297
JeterSS 5022011.295
WilliamsDH 5010002.336
PosadaC 4020001.267
Coomer1B 3010001.271
Johnson1B 0000100.246
MondesiCF 4110012.236
WhiteLF 4010002.234
Wilson3B 4110005.182
Totals3551133217
BATTING
2B: Soriano (49, Van Hekken), Williams (35, Van Hekken), Jeter (23, Rodney).
RBI: Jeter 2 (72), Soriano (100).
2-out RBI: Jeter.
S: Rivera, J.
SF: Soriano.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Posada, Rivera, J, Williams, Wilson 2.
GIDP: Rivera, J.
Team LOB: 8.
BASERUNNING
SB: Wilson (1, 2nd base off Rodney/Rivera).
FIELDING
DP: (Soriano-Jeter).
 
Detroit Tigers
BatterPosABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
SantiagoSS 3010100.243
Infante2B 5020014.372
FickRF 3111203.269
Pena1B 4010006.247
RiveraC 4010012.241
MunsonDH 3000100.195
MonroeLF 4000023.000
TorresCF 3010103.220
Truby3B 4010014.218
Totals331815525
BATTING
2B: Infante (3, Choate).
HR: Fick (17, 6th inning off Clemens, 0 on, 0 out).
RBI: Fick (62).
S: Santiago.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Pena 2, Truby 2, Rivera 2, Fick.
Team LOB: 11.
BASERUNNING
SB: Torres (1, 2nd base off Clemens/Posada).
FIELDING
E: Monroe (1, fielding).
Outfield assists: Monroe (Jeter at 2nd base).
DP: (Infante-Santiago-Pena).
New York Yankees
PitcherIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Clemens (W, 13-6) 6.05115414.32
Mendoza 2.02000103.47
Choate 1.01000006.04
Detroit Tigers
PitcherIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Van Hekken (L, 1-2) 6.29320002.31
Rodney 0.01201006.75
Walker 0.10000003.95
Anderson 1.01001106.75
Farnsworth 1.00001105.43
Rodney pitched to 3 batters in the 7th.

WP: Anderson.
Pitches-strikes: Clemens 92-54, Mendoza 33-21, Choate 13-8, Van Hekken 91-59, Rodney 15-8, Walker 4-3, Anderson 23-13, Farnsworth 15-7.
Ground outs-fly outs: Clemens 7-7, Mendoza 2-3, Choate 3-0, Van Hekken 10-9, Rodney 0-0, Walker 1-0, Anderson 2-0, Farnsworth 1-1.
Batters faced: Clemens 27, Mendoza 8, Choate 4, Van Hekken 27, Rodney 3, Walker 1, Anderson 5, Farnsworth 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Rodney 1-1, Walker 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Dana DeMuth. 1B: Terry Craft. 2B: Charlie Reliford. 3B: Marvin Hudson.
Weather: 72 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 6 mph, R to L.
T: 3:09 (1:57 delay).
Att: 25,364.

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