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Notes: Yanks prepared for Pedro
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10/10/2003  8:56 PM ET 
Notes: Yanks prepared for Pedro
New York has won three games vs. Martinez in '03
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Jorge Posada has three hits, including two doubles, through two ALCS games. (Al Bello/Getty Images)
BOSTON -- Although the Yankees know they have a tough hill to climb when they face Pedro Martinez on Saturday in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series, New York has reason to be optimistic.

In Martinez's four starts against the Yankees this season, New York left the ballpark as a winner three times. Martinez went 1-1 with a 3.80 ERA in those outings, posting a 13-3 record and 1.98 ERA in his 25 starts against the rest of baseball.

Despite the numbers, the Yankees know they have their work cut out for them at Fenway Park.

"A guy like Pedro is always tough no matter when you get him," said Jason Giambi. "You just try to get that one hit to spark that one big inning. That's all you can hope for."

Some Yankees believe that being able to see a pitcher -- even Martinez -- a number of times each season can help their confidence against that pitcher.

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"It's better to see a pitcher a number of times because you get more familiar with their pitches. It's tougher with guys who you see once or twice a year," said Alfonso Soriano. "But he's still Pedro Martinez."

"The more you see him and his pitches, the repetition makes you more comfortable," Derek Jeter said. "It works both ways. You could ask him the same question, whether facing us so many times makes him more comfortable. It's all about making adjustments."

As good as Martinez has been in his career, his numbers against the Yankees are unusually mortal. Since the 2000 season, Martinez has made 18 starts against New York, going just 5-5 with a 3.23 ERA. Against the rest of the league, Martinez is 50-10.

With Roger Clemens taking on Martinez in Saturday's game, the Fenway fans should be treated to a classic.

"You have to enjoy these matchups," Jeter said. "Pedro's a great pitcher. In order to be the best, you have to beat the best. He's arguably the best pitcher in the league, but you can't shy away from it."

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Thumbs up: Derek Jeter banged up his left thumb in the first game of the ALCS on Wednesday, but the Yankees' captain insists that the injury did not hamper him in the field or at the plate in either of the first two games.

"It's fine," said Jeter, who is known for downplaying his bumps and bruises. "No problems."

Jeter, who suffered the injury diving for a ball in Game 1, went 1-for-5 in Game 2, following an 0-for-4 performance in the opener. His one hit, an infield single in the third, led to the Yankees' third run, which turned out to be the game-winner in New York's 6-2 victory.

"When he went to dive the other day, he rolled over his hand and the thumb got caught," Torre said. "It's sore, but he played last night. I watched him in batting practice and he seemed to be perfectly fine."

Jeter is hitting .304 with one home run in the postseason.

Fan-friendly environment? Being a Yankee in Boston has never been easy. But following last week's incident in which Oakland's Barry Zito and Tim Hudson were allegedly involved in a scuffle at a Boston nightspot, the Yankees will be cautious when it comes to rowdy Red Sox fans harassing them around town.

"I think everybody is aware of it," Torre said. "The only thing we have preached year-in, year-out is that there are a lot of people out there -- and it doesn't have to happen in Boston, it can happen anywhere -- who are going to look for their 15 minutes of fame. Being right doesn't mean you're doing the right thing if you react or respond to it. You certainly have to be on your guard all the time."

Jeter, who commonly jokes about the verbal abuse he takes from Red Sox fans while in Boston, said he isn't concerned about the possibility of being involved in an ugly incident.

"I haven't left my room yet other than to get on the bus," Jeter said. "We're in the playoffs. We don't have too much time to go out. I haven't really thought about it."

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Giambi, who is known to partake in his share of fun, said that he likes the razzing he takes from Sox fans, saying he has "a good time with it."

"Whether you're in New York or in Boston, fans love their teams. They love to brag about them, and I've never had any problems here," Giambi said. "When I was with the A's, people here always rooted for me to beat New York. Now, I'm probably one of the most hated."

Jeter said that no matter how much a fan taunted him, he would never resort to any physical activity.

"I've got more to lose than some people. That's the way I've got to look at it," Jeter said. "When people act like that, they're the ones with the issues."

Giambi laughed the issue off, making his position on the weekend abundantly clear.

"I like it, I think it's fun," Giambi said. "You can't take it personally, you have to just have a good time with it. I'm not going to lock myself in my room."

Mark Feinsand is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to approval by Major League Baseball or itsclubs.




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