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Vernon Wells powers Yankees to victory

May 11, 2013, 11:25 PM EDT

New York Yankees' Wells hits two-run home run against Kansas City Royals in their MLB American League baseball game in Kansas City Reuters

Vernon Wells hit a two-run home run off of James Shields in the fifth inning of tonight’s contest against the Royals, a key component of the Yankees’ 3-2 victory. It was the eighth homer of the year for the Yankees left fielder, who entered the night with a .282/.333/.484 line.

The Yankees acquired Wells from the Angels on March 24, agreeing to pay $13.9 million of the $42 million left on his contract. Wells finished the 2012 season with 11 home runs and 29 RBI in 262 trips to the plate. He will eclipse both marks soon in roughly 100 fewer plate appearances. Brian Cashman is looking pretty good right about now, as his Yankees sit in first place atop the AL East, a game ahead of the Orioles and Red Sox.

  1. randygnyc - May 11, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    Bill- Angels are paying a hell of a lot more of Wells’ contract than that paltry 13 million. Closer to 30, I think.

    • ezthinking - May 11, 2013 at 11:58 PM


      • deathmonkey41 - May 12, 2013 at 12:14 AM

        Randy misread that.

    • fanofevilempire - May 12, 2013 at 6:57 AM

      it has to be the pinstripes.

      that A-Rod contract was sweet too, but then good ole Hank……..

  2. gmenfan1982 - May 12, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    Let’s go Yanks! I love how everyone counted them out.

  3. randygnyc - May 12, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    Oops. Yeah, Yankees are paying the 13 million, not Angels. My mistake.

  4. 4d3fect - May 12, 2013 at 1:03 AM

    “Headlines I never thought I’d see”

    • cur68 - May 12, 2013 at 7:36 AM


  5. pisano - May 12, 2013 at 1:16 AM

    What a pleasant surprise Wells has been,I’m sure the Angels are happy to unload him, and the Yankees are happy that the Angels are paying most of his salary.

    • uyf1950 - May 12, 2013 at 5:10 AM

      My friend lets not forget the way the deal is structured Wells 2014 salary cost the Yankees absolutely nothing in luxury tax dollars in 2014. Not sure if the way the Angels started out this season they don’t wish they had spent some of that money they spent on Hamilton to keep Hunter or maybe have second thoughts that they didn’t keep Wells. After all like you said they are paying a big chunk of Wells salary already.

      • cur68 - May 12, 2013 at 7:46 AM

        Can’t blame park size on Well’s home run hitting, either. All of his shots were homers in LAA, too. They must be just SICK there in Anaheim right now.

      • bigharold - May 12, 2013 at 2:47 PM

        I have to admit that I thought Well’s was a wasted roster spot. And, as I’n writing this he just hit another HR.

        Give Cashman credit.

  6. dirtyharry1971 - May 12, 2013 at 1:38 AM

    dont forget about those bluejays who are 9 1/2 back, remember they were supposed to win the AL EAST!! yea right

  7. coryfor3 - May 12, 2013 at 2:41 AM

    Guess he’s decided not to retire just yet

    • proudlycanadian - May 12, 2013 at 6:18 AM

      Not while he has another year and a half on his contract. In the meantime, financially, his kids are set for life.

  8. southofheaven81 - May 12, 2013 at 6:52 AM

    The Yankees are going to have some serious decisions to make about who gets regular playing time once their “regulars” get healthy again if Overbay & Wells keep producing like this.

  9. jessethegreat - May 12, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    Doom and gloom! Doom and gloom! Those old washed up players that can’t hit or field anymore aren’t doing half bad so far…. Where are all the critics that predicted the end of the empire at the beginning of the year? Remember this is without half the regular lineup as well folks!

    • Mark - May 12, 2013 at 12:56 PM

      Entering the 2013 season with Vernon Wells, Lyle Overbay, Travis Hafner, Cervelli and guys like Nix in the lineup, who would have expected the Yankees to do well?

      Unless you expected pretty much all of those guys to have fantastic years, then it was pretty reasonable to say the Yanks would struggle.

      • bigharold - May 12, 2013 at 2:50 PM

        “.. it was pretty reasonable to say the Yanks would struggle.”

        No as the force is strong with Cashman. We here on the bridge of the Death Star don’t need no stinkin Doom Watches!!

  10. papacrick - May 12, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    Congrats to the Yanks and brilliant work on Cashman’s part. This Tiger fan thought they were toast. I liked the Overbay signing (lefty with that short porch/ former Tiger killer) but good god Vernon Wells! Seems like a good dude who suffered from the pressure of living up to a monster contract. Happy for him to get the chance at redemption and deliver. Just a great sports story

  11. paperlions - May 12, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    The Yankees are certainly likely to get their money’s worth out of Wells, since, well…they have a lot of money and aren’t paying him much. Still, on April 21st after 16 games he was hitting .317/.394/.619 (that’s an OPS of 1.013)…since then, over 17 games he has hit .246/.265/.385 (that’s an OPS of .649). The last 17 games he has hit just like he did in 2011 and 2012.

    • badintent - May 13, 2013 at 1:40 AM

      The only OPS that counts. Win games with clutch Homers or hit or great running catches. comeback Player of the Year, Bar None.Unless Overbay wins it. Or co wins it with Wells.My Bad. Mo has ALREADY WON IT WITH 15 SAVES . GOTTA BE THE PINSTRIPS.

  12. anxovies - May 12, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    It’s a clear case of that old pinstripe magic versus that old silly jumping monkey magic.

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