Wells, showing no ill effects from a diner fight last weekend, beat Baltimore for the fourth time this season and the Yankees completed a four-game sweep of the Orioles with a 7-3 victory Thursday night.
"Whatever happens in life, I can't get distracted,'' Wells said.
The Yankees cut their magic number for clinching the AL East to
eight over Boston, but the win came at a price. Giambi left with a
bruised right wrist after being hit by a pitch, and was listed as
day to day.
"That's not where you want to get hit, but it's fine,'' Giambi
said. "I'm just going to show up tomorrow and see how it feels.''
Yankees manager Joe Torre said he'd probably give Giambi the day
off Friday night when the Chicago White Sox visit.
"It was getting a little bit stiff. It should be fine,'' Torre said.
Baltimore lost its eighth in a row. The Orioles are 1-18 since reaching .500 on Aug. 23, and are assured of their fifth straight non-winning season.
Rookie Juan Rivera went 3-for-3 as New York finished its first four-game sweep over the Orioles at Yankee Stadium since June 1987. New York won its fifth in a row overall.
Wells (17-7) made his first start since being punched in the head and losing two teeth when he was attacked at a Manhattan diner early Saturday.
Rocco Graziosa, 27, was arrested and charged with assault and menacing. Asked whether he was following the legal case, Wells said: "I have no comment whatsoever.''
Wells overcame early home runs by Jeff Conine and Melvin Mora,
improving to 4-1 against the Orioles this year. He is likely to get
three more starts, giving him a chance at his second career 20-win
Wells gave up seven hits in eight innings, walking none and striking out six. His scariest moment came in the seventh when Geronimo Gil lined a sharp single right past his left ear.
"He almost took my head off,'' Wells said.
The Yankees quickly gave Wells a lot of support against Sean
Douglass (0-3). Derek Jeter singled with one out in the first,
Giambi was hit by a pitch and after a groundout, Robin Ventura was
intentionally walked to load the bases.
White followed with a high fly, and Mora cruised over from
center field. Chewing gum as he ran, Mora seemed to be in position
to catch it, but at the last second, looked over at right fielder
Luis Matos -- who had no play -- and the ball fell in.
"It was my fault. I was on the moon,'' Mora said. "I don't
know what I was thinking. It was an easy ball.''
Johnson, whose RBI single with two outs in the 11th won
Wednesday night's game, hit an 0-2 pitch for his 15th home run.
"I think I got away from pitching there,'' Douglass said.
Leon hit a solo homer off Sterling Hitchcock in the ninth inning.
There was a moment of silence before the game for former
Baltimore Colts quarterback Johnny Unitas, who died Wednesday. In
his most famous game, he led the Colts past the New York Giants
23-17 in overtime for the 1958 NFL championship at Yankee Stadium.
... Baltimore's Mike Bordick tied Cal Ripken's AL record for
shortstops with his 95th straight game without an error. Rey
Ordonez holds the major league mark of 101 games. ... 2B Alfonso Soriano's quick thinking got an out for the Yankees in the second. With one out and a runner on first, Ventura fielded Bordick's grounder to third and threw high to Soriano. Despite losing a chance at a double play, Soriano made the relay to first to get
Bordick. ... The Yankees have hit 211 home runs, second-most in
team history behind the 1961 team's total of 240.