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All is well with Wells

©Associated Press
August 23, 2002

NEW YORK -- David Wells is convinced the only thing that can slow him is a creaky back.

Wells pitched into the eighth inning, and Derek Jeter had three hits to lead the Yankees over the Angels 4-2 Thursday.

"If my back held up, I know I'm capable of going out and putting some W's up," the 39-year-old Wells said. "I know I can win games as long as I stay healthy."

Jeter scored twice for the Yankees, who took two of three in a series between AL division leaders and have won eight of 10 overall. Raul Mondesi added a two-run single.

The Yankees, who lead the majors with 187 home runs, won despite going without a long ball for the second day in a row.

Wells (14-6) gave up two runs and eight hits in 72/3 innings, his longest outing since June 5. He has won seven of his past eight decisions.

Wells threw 121 pitches, 88 for strikes. He left to a huge ovation after Scott Spiezio's two-out double in the eighth and acknowledged the crowd of 43,222 with a tip of his cap.

Mike Stanton retired the dangerous Garret Anderson on a liner to center to end the inning, and Steve Karsay worked a perfect ninth.

MARINERS 4, TIGERS 2: Mike Cameron singled in two runs in a three-run sixth as visiting Seattle split the four-game series.

Cameron was 7-for-11 in the series, including hits in six straight at-bats, after arriving in Detroit in a 0-for-21 slump.

Mark Redman lost for the third start in a row, allowing four runs on eight hits in eight innings. Redman has allowed 13 earned runs in 181/3 innings (6.38 ERA) during the streak.

RED SOX 12, RANGERS 3: Manny Ramirez had two homers and six RBIs and Dustin Hermanson won his official debut as a Boston starter.

Ramirez went 4-for-4 with a season-high 11 total bases. Jason Varitek drove in three runs with a single and a double at Fenway Park.

Ramirez hit a two-run homer in the first, a run-scoring single in the second and a three-run homer in the third for an 11-0 lead.

Hermanson, who spent nearly the entire season on the disabled list after an offseason trade with St. Louis, allowed four hits in five innings and left with a 12-2 lead.

He wasn't supposed to start. But with rain forecast and the possibility of a postponement, Pedro Martinez's start was delayed until today so his turn in the rotation would not be wasted. That sets up a good matchup tonight when Martinez opposes Angels left-hander Jarrod Washburn, a 15-game winner.

ATHLETICS 9, INDIANS 3: Mark Mulder completed Oakland's first four-game sweep of Cleveland and the visiting Athletics won their season-high ninth straight.

Mulder had only allowed a leadoff single in the third and retired 11 straight before Omar Vizquel singled with one out in the seventh.

Mulder walked none, struck out two and got 16 outs on grounders. A's outfielders never caught a fly.

TWINS 8, ROYALS 6: Jacque Jones hit a home run leading off a game for the third time in four days and Cristian Guzman and Luis Rivas also homered for visiting Minnesota. Jones has hit four of his nine leadoff homers this year against Kansas City. Brady Anderson set the major-league record of 12 leadoff homers in 1996. Guzman's 20-game hitting streak is the best for the Twins since Shane Mack's 22-game streak in 1992.

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