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10/31/2001 05:28 AM ET
Game 3's best and worst
By Adam McCalvy
MLB.com
In honor of the host city, New York, and its citizens' favorite way to get to fabled Yankee Stadium, we award No. 4 trains to the standouts (and letdowns) of Game 3. Here goes:

One train: It's 2 a.m., 90 degrees on the platform, the train just left.
Two trains: You meant to hop on the express, but jumped on the local. And it's packed.
Three trains: It's a full house, but the express is clicking.
Four trains: Open seats, clean car, air conditioning.
Five trains: Can't believe I'm getting my own car at rush hour. Am I dreaming?

.YANKEES

Roger Clemens
Clemens is the one with the bad hamstring, but the 39-year-old hamstrung the opposition on Tuesday. In seven innings Clemens allowed only three hits and one run, walked three and struck out nine.

Mariano Rivera
The Yankees -- remarkably -- are 155-1 all-time in postseason games they lead after eight innings. Guys like Rivera are the reason. Hitters knew he was going to deal the cheese, but just couldn't catch up.

Shane Spencer
Nothing for one on Tuesday and hitting .200 in the series, Spencer was nonetheless pivotal in the game 3 win. His graceful diving catch of a line drive off Matt Williams' bat in the sixth inning saved at least a run and kept Clemens locked in a 1-1 tie.

.DIAMONDBACKS

Brian Anderson
Dude got no respect entering Game 3 against the Rocket. Edit out a fat 85 mph fastball that Jorge Posada jacked over the left field fence in the second inning and the lefty Anderson held his own, despite some shaky mid-game defense. He held the Yankees scoreless in the fourth inning despite two errors -- a misplayed grounder by shortstop Tony Womack and a missed pop-up by Miller that luckily rolled foul -- and another botched pop-up by Miller in foul territory. Reliever Mike Morgan allowed the game-winning RBI to Scott Brosius, but Anderson was hit with an ill-deserved loss.

Reggie Sanders
Got hit by a 95 mph Roger Clemens fastball near the left elbow and didn't cry. That's a real man.

Mike Morgan
The D-Backs bullpen is softer than the cotton candy vendors hawked at Yankee Stadium Tuesday night, and Mike Morgan is probably old enough to be most of those vendors' father. Anderson was cruising when Morgan relieved him in the sixth, and the 42-year-old struck out David Justice -- the first hitter he faced. But Brosius drive in the game-winner with a flair to left field and the Yankees win. The-e-e-e-e Yankees win.

Damian Miller
Three misplayed pop-ups by the catcher contributed to two of Arizona's three errors, and although he was saved by some lucky spin, Miller looked uncomfortable all night long. But his defense has been strong all year, and he'll be ready to go for Game 4.

.THE NEUTRALS

Game Operations staff
What a show. Max Von Essen, son of New York City Fire Commissioner Thomas Von Essen, sang a spine tingling rendition of the "Star Spangled Banner" that ended with "Challenger," a majestic bald eagle who appeared at a number of big league ballparks this season, soaring in to the pitcher's mound from high above the outfield wall. President Bush got the largest ovation of the night when he tossed a perfect ceremonial first pitch, and New York City Police Officer Daniel Rodriguez brought them to their feet in the middle of the seventh with a soulful singing of "God Bless America" while Yankees skipper Joe Torre and other players and coaches sang along. Michael who?

President Bush
He bounced one to Milwaukee Brewers manager Davey Lopes when the Brew Crew opened Miller Park in April, but this time the former Yale pitcher got it right. The President received a long welcome from Yankee Stadium fans before winding and delivering a perfect ceremonial first pitch.

Dale Scott
The home plate ump had the presence of mind, while Yankees players and fans celebrated, to recognize a foul ball when he saw one. With two outs in the fourth inning, Alfonso Soriano hit a high pop-up to the area in front of home plate. Catcher Damian Miller, who missed a pop-up in foul territory only moments earlier, set up under it but missed the ball entirely. As Shane Spencer motored home with what looked like the go-ahead run, the ball's spin carried it into foul territory, where Miller picked it up on a roll. Foul ball. Good call.

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com.