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David Wells was on the ropes early at Fenway Park on Friday night: two walks, a hit batsman and a single gave the Yankees a 1-0 lead with the bases full and one out. But Wells fanned Jorge Posada and got Ruben Sierra on a fly ball, and New York was limited to one run.

Friday's game was the 447th start of Wells' major-league career, but the first in which he put as many as three first-inning batters on base via walks and hit batsmen.

Then in the sixth inning, with runners on second and third and one out, Wells again retired Posada and Sierra without a run scoring. Coming into the game, Posada had a .379 lifetime batting average vs. Wells in regular-season play (11 for 29), while Sierra was at .319 (23-for-72).