Among other teams, O's could land Lowe

Yanks' Rivera has trouble closing out rival Red Sox

ALCS notebook

October 19, 2004|By Joe Christensen | Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF

BOSTON - Derek Lowe will be a free agent this offseason, and depending on what the Boston Red Sox decide to do, he could be a target for the Orioles.

Yesterday, Lowe said he's open to coming to Baltimore.

"Yeah, it's a possibility," he said. "There's a lot of possibilities out there."

After being left out of Boston's postseason rotation, Lowe got a chance to start Game 4 and delivered a strong performance, holding the Yankees to three runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Lowe, 31, saw his performance slip this year after winning 21 games in 2002 and 17 games in 2003, but he still went 14-12 with a 5.42 ERA.

Lowe made $4.5 million this season.

"Obviously, your first priority is to come back to the team you're with," Lowe said. "Most guys want to go to a winning team in a big market, and we have that here [in Boston]. But there are a lot of good cities."

Solving Rivera

Since the start of the 2003 season, including the playoffs, New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera is 9-for-15 (.600) in save opportunities against the Red Sox, and 89-for-96 (.927) against everyone else.

Granted, he deserved better than a blown save last night, entering with runners at the corners, nobody out and a 4-3 lead in the eighth inning. But the Red Sox have made him look mortal.

He had a 4-3 lead in the ninth inning in Game 4, and the Red Sox came back to tie it on Bill Mueller's run-scoring single.

Sheffield stirs it up

Yankees right fielder Gary Sheffield had a few choice words for the Red Sox in the latest edition of USA Today Sports Weekly.

"They're a walking disaster," Sheffield said. "They act like they're tough, how they care so much about winning, but it's all a front. They're just a bunch of characters."

Schilling's turn

After giving up six runs in three innings on a gimpy right ankle in Game 1, Curt Schilling gets another turn for the Red Sox tonight in Game 6.

Schilling has a torn tendon sheath in the ankle and wore a brace for Game 1, but he has had two bullpen sessions without the brace, wearing high-top shoes.

"He's a tough guy," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. "We wanted him to pitch if he could pitch being healthy, not at risk and also being able to be productive."

Olerud off crutches

Yankees first baseman John Olerud was walking around the clubhouse yesterday under his own power after hobbling around on crutches Sunday with a bruised instep in his left foot.

Olerud inadvertently stepped on the knob of his bat in the sixth inning of Saturday's Game 3 victory, running out a grounder.

Yankees vs. Red Sox

Best of seven; *-if necessary New York leads series 3-2

Game 1: New York, 10-7

Game 2: New York, 3-1

Game 3: New York, 19-8

Game 4: Boston, 6-4 (12 inn.)

Yesterday: Boston, 5-4 (14 inn.)

Today: Boston (Schilling 21-6) at New York (Lieber 14-8), 8:19 p.m.

*Tomorrow: Boston at New York, 8:19 p.m.

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