NEW YORK (AP) -- Everybody knew Roger Clemens had a blazing
fastball. Turns out he's got a quick hook, too.
Wells told Clemens he should have walked more like Joe Torre on
his way out to the mound to make it look more authentic.
"I knew he was manager for a day, but I didn't know how far
they were going to take it," Wells said. "When he got to the line
I just started laughing."
Alfonso Soriano hit a two-run homer for his 38th of the year and
Drew Henson got his first major league hit for the Yankees, who
begin the playoffs Tuesday afternoon at home against the Minnesota
New York's Derek Jeter, who entered the day just a percentage
point behind Boston's Bill Mueller in the AL batting race, went
0-for-3 before he was removed. Jeter finished at .324, two points
Mueller and one back of Manny Ramirez.
"Yeah, it would have been nice. I had an opportunity," said
Jeter, who missed six weeks after dislocating his shoulder on
opening day. "I'm probably more pleased with this season than any
other. It was probably more satisfying."
Despite a misty day, 42,394 fans showed up, helping the Yankees
set a franchise attendance record of 3,465,550 -- surpassing last
year's total of 3,461,644. New York finished with the highest
attendance in the majors this season.
Having already clinched home-field advantage throughout the
postseason, the Yankees decided to have some fun in their
regular-season finale before the playoff pressure begins.
One day after earning his 310th win, Clemens made out the lineup
-- "It's a good one," he said -- and managed the team in place of
"I don't know how long he's been here, but I guarantee he
doesn't know the ground rules at Yankee Stadium," Clemens said.
The Rocket even sat in Torre's chair and met the media after the
"Now I know why the skipper gets ulcers," he said. "I can't
see myself doing this, but it was fun."
In the other clubhouse, Orioles manager Mike Hargrove got a big
hand from his players after a postgame speech. He knows there's a
chance he won't be back next season.
"Hopefully, it's not an end, but I've enjoyed my time as an
Oriole," Hargrove said.
Clemens walked out of the dugout to remove Wells in the eighth
inning and gave him a hug on the mound.
"It's emotional. It's not every day that you get a 300-game
winner coming out to take you out of a potential 200-win
ballgame," Wells said. "He's been in my corner every day since I
Wells left to a standing ovation and chants of "Boomer!
Boomer!" He waved his cap and pointed to the crowd.
"The great thing about these fans is they're hard to get on
your side, but once you do they're yours for life," Wells said.
Wells (15-7) went 7 2-3 innings, allowing one run and five hits.
He finished the season with only 20 walks in 213 innings, and he is
"It's a great accomplishment," Wells said. "I'm not big on
numbers ... but you can cherish it the rest of your life. I'm
honored to be on the 200 list."
Despite the left-hander's 8-2 career record in the postseason,
Torre has not committed to Wells for a possible Game 4 at
Minnesota. But this outing can only inspire confidence.
Henson, the former Michigan quarterback and current third-base
prospect, bounced a single up the middle in the third for his first
hit. Soriano followed with a drive over the left-field fence off
Eric DuBose (3-6).
Karim Garcia added a two-out RBI single in the sixth to make it
The Yankees (101-61) finished a season-high 40 games over
.500 and six games ahead of Boston in the AL East. They tied
Atlanta for the best record in the majors. ... Yankees OF David
Dellucci flied out as a pinch-hitter in the fourth, his first
action since going on the disabled list Aug. 28 with a sprained
left ankle. Dellucci stayed in the game and later scored. After
seeing him run easily, Torre changed his mind and said he still
might include Dellucci on the first-round playoff roster. ...
Clemens on whether he had any previous managerial experience: "Not
at this level." ... New York won the season series 13-6-1. ... The
Orioles (71-91) finished a season-high 20 games under .500. ...
Wells gave the Yankees four 15-game winners.