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10/31/2001 12:06 PM ET
Clemens, Yanks take Game 3
By Carrie Muskat
MLB.com
Rivera and Posada shake hands after slamming the door shut on the D-Backs in the ninth.
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NEW YORK -- The Diamondbacks now know what the Yankees felt like in the first two games.

Roger Clemens and Mariano Rivera overpowered the D-Backs to lift the Yankees to a 2-1 victory Tuesday night over Arizona in a critical Game 3 of the World Series. The game marked the latest baseball has been played. The previous record was Oct. 28, which was accomplished twice: In 1981, when the Dodgers beat the Yankees in Game 6 to win the World Series and 1989, when Oakland completed a four-game sweep of San Francisco in the Bay Area World Series.

The Yankees' win meant that the World Series will extend into November for the first time in history. The Diamondbacks, who lead the best-of-seven series two games to one, will move up hard throwing Curt Schilling for Game 4 Wednesday -- the first game ever to be played on Halloween in Yankee Stadium or baseball, for that matter.

D-Backs manager Bob Brenly announced after the game that Schilling, unbeaten in four postseason starts, will go on short rest rather than Miguel Batista (1-1, 3.95 ERA). Batista threw briefly in the bullpen in the Yankees' sixth. As soon as Schilling saw that, he knew he would get the call.

"Schilling will start because he's the right guy to pitch (Wednesday)," Brenly said.

"We'll be here," Yankees manager Joe Torre said.


Diamondbacks 1 3 3
Yankees 2 7 1
WP: Roger Clemens (1-0)
LP: Brian Anderson (0-1)
SV: Mariano Rivera (1)

HR: Jorge Posada (1)


Postseason history may prompt the D-Backs manager to reconsider. Starting pitchers are 1-9 with a 9.73 ERA the last 15 times they've gone on short rest.

"He wanted it. He feels like he's ready," Arizona starter Brian Anderson said. "I look to see Curt out there throwing like he did all year."

Schilling's record on short rest?

"I don't have one. I've never done it before in the big leagues," Schilling said. "I went to (Brenly) today and told him I had prepared the last two days and today as if I was pitching (Wednesday) and I wanted the ball if that would help him make his decision.

"(The media) are the ones who are going to make the big deal out of three days," Schilling said. "I feel good. I know these guys are going to show up to try to tie the series and we'll have our work cut out for us."

The Yankees will go with Orlando Hernandez (1-1, 5.06 ERA) no matter what.

"To me, all my starts are very important to me," Hernandez said.


"For a pitcher as great as Roger has been, he really has had to defend himself a lot. I don't think after this game he'll ever have to defend himself again. He gave us everything we hoped for. He was dynamite."

--Yankees manager Joe Torre, on Roger Clemens.

Tuesday was huge for Clemens (1-1), who struck out five of the first 10 batters he faced and finished with nine. The Rocket gave up three hits, all singles, and walked two in a gutty seven innings.

"For a pitcher as great as Roger has been, he really has had to defend himself a lot," Torre said of Clemens, who now has a 1.85 ERA in five career World Series starts. "I don't think after this game he'll ever have to defend himself again. He gave us everything we hoped for. He was dynamite."

Jorge Posada hit a solo homer in the second inning and Scott Brosius hit a tie-breaking RBI single in the sixth for the Yankees, relieved to see anyone on the mound other than Schilling or Randy Johnson.

"Those guys out there, especially at home, they did it up well," Clemens said of the D-Backs duo. "We knew what we had to do when we came in here. It was a big win for us tonight to try to get back in the series."

New York has a much improved chance at a fourth world championship. No team has ever come back from a 0-3 deficit in the World Series. It's also never happened in the NBA playoffs and only twice in the NHL: the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs in the Stanley Cup Finals and the 1975 New York Islanders in the second round of the playoffs.

"It was a must game for us," Torre said.

The Yankee Stadium crowd seemed anxious until Rivera entered the game. The slender Panamanian closer retired the last six batters, striking out four, and now has an all-time postseason record 24 saves, including 23 in a row. He is 5-for-5 in save situations this postseason.