CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) -- Bring on the Yankees.
Wells allowed five runs and eight hits in five innings. The
41-year-old left-hander will make his debut for the World Series
champion Red Sox against Randy Johnson on Sunday night at Yankee
"I finally threw the pitches where I wanted them.
Unfortunately, they hit them," said Wells, who finished the spring
with a 7.94 ERA. "It's the best I've felt. I didn't feel I was
losing anything. I could've gone longer."
Wells signed a two-year contract with Boston last December after
spending one season in San Diego. He won 68 games with the Yankees
over four seasons (1996-98, 2002-03).
Red Sox manager Terry Francona tapped Wells to start the opener
because Curt Schilling still is recovering from ankle surgery.
"I'm fired up. Who wouldn't want to pitch that game?" Wells
said. "It's always an honor to pitch the opener. It's special."
A fan favorite when he played for the Yankees, Wells isn't sure
how he'll be received now that he's with the rival Red Sox.
"Hopefully, the uniform doesn't change the perception of the
people," he said. "I am who I am. If the uniform bothers them, I
can understand that."
Wells said he hasn't spoken to Yankees owner George Steinbrenner
since he left New York after the 2003 season, but he wouldn't mind
running into his former boss on Sunday.
"He's been great to me. He's been nothing but nice," Wells
said. "He's stubborn, but so am I. He's a very generous man."
Lidle, who will open the season as Philadelphia's No. 3 starter,
cruised through the first five innings before allowing four runs in
An RBI single by Manny Ramirez cut it to 5-2, before Millar
ripped a wind-aided, liner over the right-center field wall to tie
it at 5.
"I felt good. I thought I made some decent pitches," Lidle
In his last start against Baltimore, Wells allowed two runs on
seven hits but no walks in the first five innings before giving up
four runs in the sixth.
He allowed three runs in the first against the Phillies,
including consecutive RBI doubles by Pat Burrell and Jason
Michaels. Bobby Abreu hit a two-run homer off Wells in the third.<
^Notes: Phillies 1B Jim Thome, who has missed the last six games
with a lower back strain, went 3-for-4 with a homer in a minor
league game against Tampa Bay's Triple-A affiliate. ... Phillies
RHP Vicente Padilla, sidelined all spring with triceps tendinitis,
threw 40 pitches in a Class A game. He could pitch in another minor
league game on Saturday, but won't start the season in