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10/31/2001 02:39 AM ET
Muskat: D-Backs feel the cold
The wind gave Damian Miller and the D-Backs trouble.

NEW YORK -- It was unseasonably hot in Arizona this past weekend. Perfect for sun worshippers, golfers and snowbirds not ready for winter.

It was definitely not desert-like Wednesday at Yankee Stadium for Game 3 of the World Series. In fact, it was downright cold.

There was a 40-degree difference at game time between Game 1 and Game 3. Fleece was the fabric of choice.

Even the host Yankees were chilled.

"We try to do everything to stay warm," New York starter Roger Clemens said.

Yankee Stadium is uncomfortable enough for an opponent. Just ask Arizona starter Brian Anderson.

"You're not going to find, I don't think, any place in the league that's more hostile than this," Anderson said of Yankee Stadium. "It's a tough place to play."

Add inclement conditions, and it's even worse.

Anderson didn't like the insults but the temperature wasn't so bad.

"I think the weather helped out a lot, with it being so cold out there," Anderson said.

Still, Clemens was the one throwing heat as he and Mariano Rivera combined on a three-hitter to lead the Yankees to a 2-1 win over the D-Backs. Arizona now leads the best-of-seven series two games to one and will send their own flame-thrower, Curt Schilling, to the mound on short rest for Game 4 Wednesday. Schilling says he's ready. He must have stopped at a Madison Avenue store for long underwear.

This was the latest date for a World Series game, which will be even later now that the Yankees won and forced at least a five-game series. The previous latest start was Oct. 28 on two occasions: Game 6 in 1981 and Game 4 in 1989.

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Arizona Manager Bob Brenly blamed his team's defensive lapses on the weather.

"I think it was the temperature more than anything else," Brenly said. "It was extremely cold at field level, especially on the pop-ups behind home plate, there seemed to be a swirling wind behind home plate and the backstop. It really played tricks with those balls."

Catcher Damian Miller was scrambling. He was charged with one error and could've had another.

"That wind was swirling and it was not an easy game to play," Torre said.

The Yankees didn't have to deal with any pop-ups.

"It was cold. It was cold for both teams," Brenly said. "We just didn't play particularly good defense tonight."

Who's sizzling: Brian Anderson, who hadn't won a start since July 22, kept the D-Backs in the game and, more importantly, gave Schilling and Johnson a day off.

Who's fizzling: The D-Backs could muster only three hits off Clemens and closer Mariano Rivera, striking out 13 times. It was the third straight game of this Series in which a team has produced just three hits. And the team that has done that has lost. The 13 whiffs were the most in a World Series game since the New York Mets had 13 in Game 3 last year.

Fearless prediction: Curt Schilling did start on short rest once this year, although his first start was shortened by a power outage. He isn't nicknamed "Hoss" for nothing. Expect another dominating performance -- and Tony Womack leading off again.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com.