-- Boston (82-57) at NY Yankees (78-61), 7:05 pm EDT BRONX, New York (Ticker) -- David Wells was a clutch performer who helped the New York Yankees win a World Series in 1998. He'll try to make things miserable for his former team as the Boston Red Sox arrive for the opener of a three-game set Friday. In four seasons with the Yankees, Wells was 68-28, including a perfect game against Minnesota on May 17, 1998. He is 2-1 against New York this year and 10-2 overall since May 29. Wells recorded his third straight win Sunday against Baltimore, allowing one run and seven hits in his 54th career complete game. It was his first outing after a six-game suspension. Despite managing just five hits in Thursday's 3-0 loss to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Boston holds a four-game lead over the Yankees in the American League East Division. New York was dealt its 11th loss in 16 meetings against Tampa Bay this season with a 7-4 setback Thursday. The Yankees fell to second place in the wild card chase, one-half game behind Cleveland. One of the bright spots of the Yankees' staff has been Aaron Small (6-0, 2.42), who makes his 11th appearance of the season. He tossed a five-hit shutout for his first complete game Saturday against Oakland. The Yankees won three of four against Boston from July 14-17 and lead the season series, 7-6.
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