Vernon Wells glanced at the scoreboard and noted that the fastball he'd seen well clocked in at 96 mph.
Big slump or not, Wells felt good about his pinch-hit at-bat with the Yankees trailing Tampa Bay in the seventh inning Saturday. So with a confident swing, he smashed a three-run, go-ahead double that carried New York to a 7-5 win over the Rays.
Wells was in a 9-for-87 slide that landed him on the bench the past two days, with rookie outfielder Zoilo Almonte starting in his place. But with the Yankees down 5-4, Wells batted for No. 9 hitter Chris Stewart with the bases loaded and two outs.
''Through his struggles, I think his at-bats against lefties were still pretty good,'' manager Joe Girardi said. ''We just liked the matchup. Vern's been doing it for a long time in big spots.''
Wells' drive to right-center bounced above the top of the wall, where it hit a fan's glove and was ruled fan interference.
The umpires allowed all thr...