Two-fifths of the Yankees’ championship rotation looked like those days were long gone in their final spring starts Monday, as Roger Clemens and David Wells were pounded in their Grapefruit League games. Clemens gave up seven runs in six innings to the Tigers in only his third spring appearance, but Wells’ performance — allowing five runs and eight hits in five innings against the Phillies — comes as his final tune-up before he opens the season in New York on Sunday.
Saying his previously strained hamstring felt fine, Clemens acknowledged that he was still getting his arm into shape. ï¿½I wanted to get out of here with less ice bags than last time,” he said. ï¿½I’ve only got four on now — last time it was five.ï¿½
Wells, on the other hand, assured the media he was ready for his Opening Day start despite a 7.94 spring ERA. ï¿½I finally threw the pitches where I wanted them,ï¿½ Wells said. ï¿½Unfortunately, they hit them.ï¿½ Wells then asked us to make sure we tip the waitress, adding that heï¿½d be here all week.