Sept. 4, 2002

How bad can a loss at the Big Ballpark in the Bronx get?

The Yankees, coasting along atop the American League East, got a little tinier in the Red Sox’ windshield with a 4-2 victory. Boston fell 7.5 games behind in the division, and 5.5 behind the Angels for the AL wild-card spot.

(Remember when just one team in each league entered the playoffs as a wild card?)

After a rough first inning, in which the Yankees scored three runs, Frank Castillo shut them down on two hits into the seventh. An error by second baseman Rey Sanchez on a possible double play ball in the first proved fatal.

As Castillo dropped to 5-13, Roger Clemens stymied the Red Sox for his 12th win of the season, leaving with one out in the eighth having allowed one earned run on four hits, striking out 10.

(Remember when Red Sox management let Clemens walk, claiming his career was about to enter its twilight?)

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