Wells was pounded for eight runs and 10 hits, including five homers, over 5 2-3 innings in a 10-3 loss to Boston on Friday. Clemens wasn’t any better the next day, giving up eight runs and six hits in 5 1-3 innings of a 10-2 loss.
However, Wells took a shutout into the eighth inning Wednesday before giving up two runs in a 6-2 win. He gave up nine hits in 7 2-3 innings and improved to 7-0 on the road. He also improved to 18-4 in his career against Cleveland.
Clemens has a good chance to follow Wells with a win, as he is 23-8 with a 3.17 ERA in 42 career starts against the Indians.
The Yankees, who were held to one hit by rookie Billy Traber in a 4-0 loss Tuesday, welcomed back Derek Jeter, Alfonso Soriano and Bernie Williams to their lineup. It was the first time the trio of stars had played together since May 21.
After sitting out a game apiece with hand injuries, Jeter had a season-high four hits and two RBIs and Soriano was 0-for-4 with a run scored. Williams drove home two in his first game in six weeks following arthroscopic knee surgery.
After losing three straight, the Yankees have won three of four.
The Indians had won three straight and eight of 12 before Wednesday’s loss.
STANDINGS: Yankees - 1st place, AL East. Indians - 4th place, 11 GB, AL Central.
YANKEES PROBABLE STARTER: Clemens (8-6, 3.75 ERA). Clemens did not get a decision in two starts against the Indians last year. He gave up just three runs and five hits over 10 innings in the two outings.
INDIANS PROBABLE STARTER: Jason Davis (7-7, 4.79 ERA). The 23-year-old right-hander will also be looking to rebound from a subpar outing, as he gave up four runs and four hits over 2 1-3 innings in a 9-2 loss at Minnesota on Friday. He is facing the Yankees for the first time.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Yankees - Hideki Matsui, .303 avg.; Jason Giambi, 23 HRs and 65 RBIs; Soriano, 72 runs and 25 SBs. Indians - Milton Bradley, .336 avg. and 13 SBs; Matt Lawton, 15 HRs, 47 RBIs and 48 runs.
SEASON SERIES: Tied, 1-1.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Yankees - RHP Antonio Osuna, sidelined by a groin injury, is expected to rejoin the club by the weekend. … After losing out to Boston C Jason Varitek in the Internet balloting for the final spot on the AL All-Star team, 1B Giambi made the team anyway when he was picked by AL manager Mike Scioscia as a replacement for injured Royals 1B Mike Sweeney. … 2B Soriano had 11 assists Wednesday, one shy of the major league record for a second baseman. Indians - Cleveland has not won a season series from the Yankees since winning nine of 15 meetings in 1992. The Indians have not won a home season series against the Yankees since going 4-3 at old Cleveland Stadium in 1993. … The Indians added LHP Nick Bierbrodt and OF Lyle Mouton to their Triple-A Buffalo roster. Mouton was acquired from Philadelphia on Wednesday for RHP Aaron Myette. Bierbrodt had been designated for assignment on Saturday and cleared waivers on Wednesday. … The Indians rescinded the July 2 option of RHP Ricardo Rodriguez, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right groin.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Yankees - 30-15 on the road; Indians - 19-23 at home.
INJURIES: Yankees - 1B/DH Nick Johnson (hand), 15-day DL; RHP Jose Contreras (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Steve Karsay (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Osuna (groin), 15-day DL; RHP Jon Lieber (elbow), 60-day DL. Indians - INF John McDonald (back), 15-day DL; SS Omar Vizquel (knee), 15-day DL; RHP Rodriguez (groin), 15-day DL; OF Ellis Burks (elbow), 60-day DL; RHP Jason Bere (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Dave Elder (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Bob Wickman (elbow), 60-day DL; RHP Mark Wohlers (elbow), 60-day DL.