Posted June 22, 2013 on AP on Fox
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...
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