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Wells knocks Yankees out in 10th

TORONTO (AP) -- The Toronto Blue Jays identified a shortcoming of
the All-Star laden New York Yankees: left-handed relief.

Vernon Wells homered in the 10th inning and Carlos Delgado had a
tying RBI double in the eighth to lead the Toronto Blue Jays over
New York 3-2 Wednesday night.

After New York starter Jon Lieber walked Wells with two outs in
the eighth, left-hander Felix Heredia came in to face the
left-handed Delgado, who hit his tying double off the wall in
right.

Heredia, New York's only left-hander in the bullpen, has a 6.32
ERA in 33 outings this season.

"He's probably more frustrated than we are. It just hasn't
worked out," New York manager Joe Torre said. "We could get by
with him if he does what he did last year."

Heredia had a 1.20 ERA in 12 games with New York last season.
Torre thinks acquiring a left-hander isn't a priority because they
usually use right-hander's Tom Gordon and Paul Quantrill in the
seventh and eighth.

Gordon wasn't available because he pitched in the previous two
games.

"Tonight was just one of those nights where we couldn't use
Gordon, so it really stood out," Torre said.

Heredia said he left a slider over the middle of the plate to
Delgado.

"My pitches are staying up," Heredia said. "Last year I got
my ball down. This year, I don't know what's happened. I'll try to
keep working."

Wells homered off Scott Proctor (1-1) with one out as Toronto
avoided a three-game sweep. In the top of the 10th, Wells robbed
Derek Jeter of extra bases with a running catch at the wall in
center field.

Wells felt responsible for Monday night's loss against New York
after Tony Clark's double ticked off his glove in left center,
scoring the go-ahead run in the 6-5 loss.

"I have to make that catch. It was frustrating not to come up
with it," said Wells, whose team improved to 1-4 against New York
this year. "It's always fun beating the Yankees, no matter what
the situation is. They are the best around. It's fun playing
against an All-Star team."

A night after hitting his 400th career homer in Tuesday's
victory, Gary Sheffield reached SkyDome's fifth deck with a
first-inning homer off Miguel Batista, just the 12th time a ball
has reached the uppermost tier.

New York's Enrique Wilson fouled a ball off the side of his head
in the seventh, but stayed in the game and hit an RBI single two
pitches later, giving New York a 2-0 lead. Miguel Cairo replaced
Wilson at second to start the bottom of the inning.

"I fouled the ball and that's the only thing I remember," said
Wilson, who was sporting a Band-Aid over his left eye. "After I
got the base hit I was a little dizzy. I wanted to stay in the
game, but Joe said no."

Toronto's Frank Catalanotto hit an RBI single in the bottom
half.

Jason Frasor (4-3) pitched two innings for the win.

Lieber allowed one run on eight hits in 7 2-3 innings. The
former 20-game winner has pitched at least six innings in 13 of his
16 starts. A New York starter has gone more than six innings in
just five of the last 13 games.

"I feel bad for Felix and Scott," Lieber said. "It's a tough
loss.

Game notes
Yankees right-hander Kevin Brown will likely return from
the disabled list Friday and start against the Baltimore Orioles
that night. Brown, sidelined since June 9 with a lower back spasm
and an intestinal parasite, threw a bullpen session Wednesday and
felt good. ... Teammate Jason Giambi has also been fatigued because
of an intestinal parasite, but manager Joe Torre expects to know
more about the slugger's condition Thursday. ... Toronto manager
Carlos Tosca moved rookie outfielder Alex Rios to the leadoff spot.
Rios, who usually bats seventh, eighth or ninth, went 3-for-5.