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Joining Yankees fulfills dream for Wells

TAMPA — On his first day with the Yankees, Vernon Wells recalled a game in the International League more than a decade ago and he saw Darryl Strawberry in uniform for the opposition.

"I remember the first time I played the Triple-A Yankees, when I was 20 years old," he said Tuesday. "It was the first that I actually got goosebumps playing against another team. And from that day I've quietly been a Yankee fan."

Wells' trade to the Yankees was finalized Tuesday, when New York dealt two minor-leaguers to the Angels: OF Exircado Cayones and LHP Kramer Sneed.

"Obviously not when we've played against them," Wells said, "but every time the Yankees were in the playoffs and I was sitting at home, I was cheering for the Yankees. Somewhat of a dream come true."

Wells was down to play left field and bat sixth for the Yankees against the Astros on Tuesday night.

JETER FACES FACTS: Derek Jeter is resigned to starting the season on the disabled list for the first time since 2001.

Jeter's sore left ankle is still recovering from surgery in October. His last game action came as a DH Saturday in a minor-league exhibition.

"Of course, it's disappointing," the Yankees captain said. "I told you guys all along the goal was to be ready on opening day, and I didn't reach it. I ran out of days. I pushed to try to get there opening day, and it didn't work out. But I've still got to be ready for the majority of the season."

OVERBAY ADDED: 1B Lyle Overbay, released earlier in the day by the Red Sox, agreed to a minor-league deal.

Jays: Back to basics

DUNEDIN — Ricky Romero might have a little extra time to work out his woes.

The Blue Jays sent the left-hander to the minors after he pitched in a 6-3 win over the Pirates.

Romero, 28, was optioned to Class A Dunedin, where he will continue to alter his mechanics in hopes of finding consistency. He was 9-14 with a 5.77 ERA last season and had a 6.23 ERA in five spring starts, allowing 17 hits and 10 walks in 13 innings.

Romero gave up two earned runs on six hits and three walks in 41/3 innings against the Pirates. He was spared additional damage by several defensive gems.

"I'm not trying to win the Cy Young or anything in the spring," Romero said. "The results haven't been there, and that's pretty obvious. And I see it, but it's not like I'm not working. Sometimes I overwork."

Said manager John Gibbons: "It's a game of ups and downs, and he's been a little down."

Phils: A new look

CLEARWATER — Freddy Galvis made a neat impression in a new spot.

Galvis, who homered and drove in three runs in the Phillies' 10-1 win over the Rays, made his first spring start in leftfield, a position where Philadelphia does not have a set starter.

Galvis, usually a shortstop, hadn't played an inning in the outfield in six professional seasons. He boosted his spring average to .300 and is tied with 1B Ryan Howard for the team lead with 12 extra-base hits.

"He uses the whole field," said Philadelphia third-base coach Ryne Sandberg, who managed the team with Charlie Manuel out for dental work. "He's line-to-line, uses the gaps, can go down the third base line, pull it down the first base line. He's a switch hitter, and both ways he hits, he uses the whole field. A guy like that is tough to defend."

RELIEVER CUT: Veteran RHP Aaron Cook was released. Cook, 34, had a 3.38 ERA in three starts and three relief appearances this spring.

Outfielder Vernon Wells, signing an autograph at Legends Field, says he has “quietly been a Yankee fan” for years.

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Outfielder Vernon Wells, signing an autograph at Legends Field, says he has “quietly been a Yankee fan” for years.

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