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Wells, healing Yanks roll

Published Sep. 1, 2005

Joe Torre hadn't enjoyed filling out his lineup card so much in months. Looking at the boxscore was a special treat for New York's manager, too.

"That was nice," he said with a smile.

David Wells kept his cap and glove while pitching 7 strong innings Wednesday night to lead the suddenly healthy Yankees to a 6-2 win over the Indians.

The Yankees, who got one hit off rookie Billy Traber on Tuesday, welcomed Derek Jeter, Alfonso Soriano and Bernie Williams back to their lineup. It was the first time the three had played together since May 21.

Jeter had a season-high four hits, three off C.C. Sabathia, and two RBIs. Williams drove in two in his first game in six weeks after arthroscopic knee surgery.

Soriano missed Tuesday night's series opener with a hand injury a day after being hit by a Pedro Martinez pitch. Jeter, who also was hit in the hand by Martinez, was limited to pinch-hitting Tuesday.

"It felt great after (missing) 42 games and being out," Williams said. "It felt good to be playing and getting some games under my belt before the All-Star break."

Wells bounced back from one of his worst career outings, taking a shutout into the eighth before giving up two runs. He allowed nine hits, walked none and struck out one while improving to 7-0 on the road. He also is 7-0 after a loss or no-decision this season.

"I felt great from the start," Wells said in quotes read by a team spokesman. "I just stayed back and got more on top. In my last start, I was throwing more from the side."

Wells left immediately after the game to attend a memorial service in San Diego for his recently deceased grandfather.

In his previous start, Wells gave up five home runs to Boston, setting a career high and matching a Yankees record in 5 innings.

He was so upset that after being pulled, Wells turned his glove and cap into souvenirs, tossing them into the stands at Yankee Stadium.

But there was nothing for him to be upset about as he improved to 18-4 in his career against Cleveland, where he has had run-ins with Indians fans.

"Oh yeah," Wells said when asked if he has extra motivation pitching at Jacobs Field. "I always like it here. They're pretty rude and crude. It's never going to change."