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in the BOX
Jeff Pearlman
June 28, 1999
June 17, 1999Rangers 4, Yankees 2
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June 28, 1999

In The Box

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June 17, 1999
Rangers 4, Yankees 2

New York designated hitter Chili Davis called it "a bad biorhythm day." Whatever the cause, the Yankees wasted a 13-strikeout night from Roger Clemens and learned that the game just isn't fair. With runners on first and second and none out in the second inning, Davis smoked Aaron Sele's 3-and-2 pitch toward rightfield—and right at second baseman Mark McLemore. He grabbed the line drive and flipped to shortstop Royce Clayton, who stepped on second and threw to first for Texas's first triple play since 1977. In the eighth, Davis hit a shot that reliever Mike Munoz stabbed. Munoz then doubled Paul O'Neill off first.

Contrast Davis's rocketry with the feeble way the Rangers scored the winning run in the seventh: Gregg Zaun reached base on an infield hit, got to third on a bunt and a groundout and scored on a Roberto Kelly dribbler.