Final

Red Sox 9

(12-13, 4-6 away)

Phillies 5

(11-15, 7-5 home)

    1:05 PM ET, March 28, 2005

    Bright House Networks, Clearwater, Florida 

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    Boston 9, Philadelphia 5

    CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) -- Bring on the Yankees.

    David Wells tuned up for his opening day start against New York with another rough outing for the Red Sox in Boston's 9-5 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday.

    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 Stadium.

    "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."

    Kevin Millar hit a three-run homer off Cory Lidle in the sixth and the Red Sox scored four runs with the help of two errors off minor leaguer Erick Burke in the eighth.

    Lidle, who will open the season as Philadelphia's No. 3 starter, cruised through the first five innings before allowing four runs in the sixth.

    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 said.

    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 Philadelphia's rotation.

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