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Yankees Hope to Expand Lead over Marlins in World Series Game 4 - 2003-10-22

The New York Yankees look to come another step closer to their 27th Major League Baseball championship when they take on the Florida Marlins in Game 4 of the World Series Wendesday, in Miami.

The Yankees lead the best of seven games series, 2-1, after Tuesday night's 6-1 victory in Miami. New York will start future Hall of Fame pitcher Roger Clemens in what should be his last Major League appearance.

Overall Roger Clemens has 310 career wins and 4,099 strikeouts. He has won the Cy Young Award for pitching excellence six times and has never lost a game in the World Series. But the 41-year-old has said this is his last year on the mound.

Clemens has been in the Major Leagues since 1984, when he began his career with the Boston Red Sox. Ironically, Clemens last outing was a poor showing last week against the Red Sox in Game Seven of the American League Championship Series. An 11th-inning home run by Aaron Boone gave New York the win, but Clemens struggled on the mound, giving up four runs in three innings of work.

Florida will send right-handed pitcher Carl Pavano to the mound. Pavano has a record of nine wins and four losses and an earned run average of 3.44 on Florida's home field.

Game 5 of the World Series is scheduled for Thursday, also at Miami's Pro Player Park. The Yankees have won the World Series 26 times. Florida has won it only once.