Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 7/9)

Game 1: Tuesday, July 8
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Game 2: Wednesday, July 9
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Game 3: Thursday, July 10
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in 10

Yankees 6

(55-34, 30-15 away)

Indians 2

(38-51, 19-23 home)

    7:05 PM ET, July 9, 2003

    Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio 

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    W: D. Wells (11-3)

    L: C. Sabathia (8-4)

    With full lineup in hand, Yanks win with ease

    CLEVELAND (AP) -- Joe Torre hadn't enjoyed filling out his pregame 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 2-3 strong innings Wednesday night to lead the suddenly healthy Yankees to a 6-2 win over the Cleveland Indians.

    The Yankees, who were held to one hit by rookie Billy Traber on Tuesday, welcomed back Derek Jeter, Alfonso Soriano and Bernie Williams to their lineup. It was the first time the trio of stars had played together since May 21.

    Jeter had a season-high four hits -- three off C.C. Sabathia (8-4) -- and two RBI. Williams drove home two in his first game back in six weeks after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery.

    Soriano had missed Tuesday night's series opener with hand injuries.

    "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 (11-3) 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 is also 7-0 following 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 Yankee record in just 5 2-3 innings.

    He was so upset, that after being pulled from the game, 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 past 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."

    Wells didn't have any trouble until the eighth, when the Indians scored their two runs on two singles and a double.

    "I've seen him better," Indians third baseman Casey Blake said of Wells. "But he threw four pitches for strikes. He got some double plays, and we never got a big inning going."

    With their lineup as strong as it has been in nearly two months, the Yankees wasted no time against Sabathia, scoring two runs in the first inning off the All-Star lefty, who couldn't find the strike zone.

    Soriano led off with a walk and Jeter dropped down a perfect bunt before Giambi walked to load the bases. Williams followed by hitting a hard one-hopper that handcuffed shortstop Ricky Gutierrez, who was charged with an error as Soriano scored.

    Sabathia struck out Hideki Matsui, but walked Jorge Posada to force in New York's second run. Ruben Sierra then beat out a return throw to first on a double-play grounder, allowing Giambi to score and make it 3-0.

    Williams made it 4-0 in the seventh, snapping an 0-for-23 slide with an RBI single.

    New York went up 6-0 in the eighth on Jeter's two-run double.

    Sabathia, the Indians' lone All-Star, allowed two earned runs and five hits. He walked a career-high six and struck out six in his first loss since June 5 -- six starts.

    "I can't beat the Yankees, let alone anybody, if I'm going to give up six walks," said Sabathia, who dropped to 1-5 with a 7.28 ERA in six career starts against New York. "I was overthrowing. I was pumped up." ^Notes:@ Soriano had 11 assists, one shy of the major league record for a second baseman. ... Wells is 8-2 in 11 career starts at the Jake. ... Sabathia, who turns 23 on July 21, is the Indians' youngest All-Star since Dennis Eckersley in 1977. ... Soriano wasn't expected to play because of a bruised left hand -- he was hit by a pitch from Pedro Martinez on Monday -- but was a last-minute addition. ... Yankees OF Karim Garcia said the violent thunderstorm that swept through Jacobs Field before Tuesday night's game was scary. While New York was taking batting practice, a giant lightning bolt hit near the ballpark, sending players and fans scrambling. Garcia bolted to the dugout. "That's as fast as I've run all year," he joked. ... Indians OF Shane Spencer was not at the ballpark. He was with his wife, Heidi, who went into labor with the couple's first child.

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