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10/28/2001 01:43 AM ET
Muskat: D-Backs don't believe the hype
Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling give the D-Backs two good reasons to feel confident against the Yankees.
PHOENIX -- These aren't Miller Huggins' Yankees.

Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth aren't in the lineup. Nor is Mickey Mantle or Roger Maris. In Game 1 of the World Series, Mike Mussina didn't look anything like Herb Pennock. Well, Pennock was from Pennsylvania, as is Mussina, but he was left-handed and he won his World Series start in 1927 with a three-hit gem, so the comparison is weak. You get the point.

The Seattle Mariners didn't. The Diamondbacks do.

"The Yankees are who they are," Arizona's Curt Schilling said.

They aren't superhuman. And on Saturday night, they were losers, as Schilling and the D-Backs won, 9-1, in Game 1 of the best-of-seven series.

Randy Johnson (2-1, 1.88 ERA), the left-handed half of Arizona Manager Bob Brenly's dynamic duo, will try to make it 2-0 Sunday.

"Those guys, they know how to play," said Arizona's Luis Gonzalez, who hit a two-run homer, his third of the postseason, in Game 1. "That's why they're winners over there. They know how to take advantage of mistakes and different situations. We're not taking them lightly."

The Diamondbacks just don't believe the hype. The Yankees are their opponent this week, which just happens to be the World Series.

"They've got [38] championship banners," Schilling said, "and I think, what, 26 World Series because of their ownership and the characters and the players that they put on the field. But that does not mean that they are going to beat us.

"We have a job to do, and we deserve to be here just like they deserve to be here," he said. "At the end of nine innings, ultimately, the players are going to decide who wins."

The Diamondbacks are thrilled to be here, and so are their fans, who created long lines at the team shop, buying purple and teal merchandise. First baseman Mark Grace was in uniform at the BOB at 10:30 a.m. for a 5 p.m. start.

Winning Game 1 was huge, Brenly said, but he's an "every game is a must win" kind of guy.

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"You never take anything for granted against that team over there," Brenly said of the Yankees. "They've done so many amazing things, and I never really felt we had it in hand until the last out was made."

Brenly's son Michael did get his homework done Friday night, so he can go to New York this week with Dad and the D-Backs.

Wow. The Big Apple. Yankee Stadium. Monument Park. Hey, isn't that where Babe Ruth is?

Who's sizzling: Curt Schilling improved to 4-0 in the postseason, and has allowed only three earned runs over 34 innings for a 0.79 ERA. He struck out eight over seven innings in Game 1 and may come back for Game 4.

Who's fizzling: Miguel Batista, the projected Game 4 starter who may be bumped from the rotation simply because Schilling is so good.

Fearless prediction: Randy Johnson is a left-handed Schilling, which could mean more trouble for the Yankees. Plus, Johnson looks nasty.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com.