Yankees Take First of Subway Day 7-1

The Yankees put a damper on the Mets youthful enthusiasm in the first game of Saturday's day-night, home and home doubleheader with a 7-1 win against the team from Flushing. Future Hall-of-Famer Roger Clemens picked up his 301st career victory inside Yankee Stadium and by doing so handed Jeremy Griffiths his first career loss in his first official career start.

Griffiths looked impressive i nhis first two innings, working around his own error on a throw to first basemen Jason Phillips. It all unraveled for Griffiths in the third, as he intentionally walked Ruben Sierra to load the bases for the red-hot Hideki Matsui. Matsui bid sayonarra to a Griffiths fastball, placing the offering just beyond Yankee Stadium's short porch in rightfield for a Grand Slam.

That was all Clemens would need, but the Yankees added three more off of Griffiths and reliever Pedro Feliciano. After Griffiths allowed back to back hits to Alfonso Soriano and Derek Jeter, Art Howe brought in Feliciano, who proceeded to walk Jason Giambi. Ruben Sierra plated Soriano with a sacrifice fly, giving the team from the Bronx a 5-0 lead. Feliciano then hit Matsui int he back with a pitch, but no more damage was done as he induced Jorge Posada to hit into an inning-ending doubleplay.

The Mets mustered six hits against Clemens in his seven innings of work, but only crossed the plate once, on a Jeromy Burnitz solo shot in the fifth. Jason Phillips, who continued his hot streak by going 2-4, then doubled, but was stranded at second base.

Matsui hurt the Mets again in the sixth when he drove in Alfonso Soriano home on a two out single after Ruben Sierra was again intentionally walked. Feliciano had struck out Derek Jeter and Jason Giambi and looked to be out of trouble, but Matsui again proved again to be a thorn in the Mets' side.

The Yankees struck again in the eighth, when former Met Todd Zeile drove in Raul Mondesi, who had doubled, with a ground rule double down the leftfield line.

Jose Reyes batting left handed, but had some decent swings at the Clemens' offering. He also played flawless defense in the field, looking good on a few double plays.

Jason Anderson finished the game for the Yankees, retiring Jason Phillips on a fly out to Matsui to end the game.

The Mets and Yankees will play Saturday night at Shea stadium in the second game of the second day-night home and home double header in Subway Series history.

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