New York (65-40) at Los Angeles (52-54)

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  • Game info: 10:05 pm EDT Thu Jul 31, 2003
  • TV: YES, FSW
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The New York Yankees’ offense and bullpen have struggled somewhat of late. Aaron Boone and Gabe White are heading west to help out.

The Yankees acquired Reds third baseman Boone before Thursday’s non-waiver trade deadline for minor league left-handers Brandon Claussen, Charlie Manning and cash. They added White, a left-handed reliever, from the Reds in a separate deal for a player to be named.

New York struggled to come up with big hits in losing two of three to the archrival Boston Red Sox over the weekend, which may have sealed the decision to acquire Boone. The 30-year-old Boone, hitting .273 with 18 home runs, 65 RBIs and 15 stolen bases, wanted out of Cincinnati after his father Bob was fired as Reds manager Monday.

The Yankees hope White can help a suspect bullpen that had trouble in the Red Sox series and surrendered a 3-0 lead in Sunday’s finale. White went 3-0 with a 3.93 ERA in 34 games for the Reds this season, although he’s been on the disabled list since June 25 because of a strained left groin.

New York opened up Boone’s position by trading starting third baseman Robin Ventura to the Los Angeles Dodgers for two prospects.

Boone and White will join the Yankees at some point during their six-game West Coast road trip, which has started out well. Roger Clemens followed up Andy Pettitte’s victory over Anaheim on Tuesday night by beating the Angels 8-0 on Wednesday, allowing five hits for his first shutout in more than three years.

Following Thursday’s series finale, New York heads to Oakland for another critical three-game set. Clemens’ victory moved the Yankees 2 1/2 games ahead of Boston, which lost to Texas on Wednesday, in the AL East.

The defending champion Angels are quickly becoming an afterthought in the AL playoff chase, losing 11 of their last 14. They are 12 1/2 games behind AL West-leading Seattle and 11 behind Boston in the wild-card race.

STANDINGS: Yankees - 1st place, AL East. Angels - 3rd place, 12 1/2 GB, AL West.

YANKEES PROBABLE STARTER: David Wells (12-3, 3.80 ERA). The left-hander fought through back pain against Boston on Friday. Despite not getting the win, Wells pitched into the sixth inning, allowing two earned runs and seven hits in the Yankees’ eventual 4-3 victory. Wells is 16-11 with a 5.38 ERA in 49 career appearances, including 29 starts, against Anaheim. The Angels reached Wells for five runs and 11 hits over 7 2-3 innings in a 5-3 win on May 14.

ANGELS PROBABLE STARTER: Aaron Sele (6-8, 5.17 ERA). Sele has lost back-to-back outings after winning three straight starts. He allowed four runs—three earned—in five innings of an 8-1 loss to Oakland on Saturday. The veteran right-hander has had all kinds of problems against the Yankees in his career, going 5-10 with a 4.76 ERA in 22 career starts.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Yankees - Derek Jeter, .324 avg.; Jason Giambi, 30 HRs and 83 RBIs; Alfonso Soriano, 78 runs and 27 SBs. Angels - Garret Anderson, .316 avg., 24 HRs and 87 RBIs; Tim Salmon, 57 runs; Adam Kennedy and David Eckstein, 14 SBs.

SEASON SERIES: Yankees, 5-3.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Yankees - RHP Jon Lieber threw off a mound Wednesday for the first time since his abdominal injury. Lieber, who had reconstructive elbow surgery last August, still expects to pitch in minor league games next month. … OF David Dellucci, a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks when they beat the Yankees in the 2001 World Series, met his new teammates for the first time following Tuesday’s trade that sent disgruntled RF Raul Mondesi to Arizona. … 2B Soriano has 24 homers and 27 steals, and is on pace for 37 and 42, respectively. Angels - RHP Kevin Appier was released Wednesday, one day after failing to get out of the first inning against the Yankees. The 15-year veteran was 7-7 with a 5.63 ERA in 19 starts this season. … RF Salmon missed his second game because of an injury to his lower back, which occurred while taking batting practice on Tuesday. Results of an MRI taken Wednesday were negative. … 3B Troy Glaus, on the DL because of an injured right shoulder, took swings off a tee and could be able to DH when activated, although it may be longer before he’s able to throw.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Yankees - 35-19 on the road; Angels - 30-25 at home.

INJURIES: Yankees - RHP Jose Contreras (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Steve Karsay (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Lieber (elbow), 60-day DL. Angels - 1B-DH Brad Fullmer (knee), 15-day DL; 3B Glaus (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Matt Wise (elbow), 60-day DL.

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D. Wells LAD vs. A. Sele NYM
15-7 Record 7-11
4.14 ERA 5.77
101 K 53
20 BB 58
1.23 WHIP 1.59