Vernon Wells might become the latest addition to the New York Yankees’ injury-depleted lineup.
As the Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 7-6 in 10 innings Sunday behind a pair of two-run homers by Kevin Youkilis, New York was negotiating with the Los Angeles Angels to acquire the outfielder.
A person familiar with the negotiations, speaking on condition of anonymity because talks were ongoing, said the sides had not yet agreed to the money that would be included in a trade. Wells is owed $42 million over the next two seasons.
The Angels are set in the outfield with Josh Hamilton, Mike Trout and Peter Bourjos, and have designated hitter Mark Trumbo available as a backup. Wells would have to waive a no-trade provision to go to New York.
The 34-year-old Wells would take over in left field while Granderson is recovering from a broken right forearm and join an outfield that includes center fielder Brett Gardner and right fielder Ichiro Suzuki. Wells is owed $21 million in each of the next two seasons as part of the $126 million, seven-year contract he agreed to with Toronto in December 2006. Los Angeles would have to agree to pay most of the remaining money.
Wells hit .230 with 11 homers and 29 RBIs last year and has just 36 homers and 95 RBIs in two seasons with the Angels. He is batting .361 in spring training this year with four homers and 11 RBIs in 36 at-bats.
As for Sunday’s game, closer Mariano Rivera struck out one, and allowed a broken-bat infield single and bloop single during a scoreless sixth. The right-hander has experienced migraine headaches and underwent tests, which included an MRI. Cashman said the test results were good.
Tampa Bay’s Jeremy Hellickson gave up four runs and eight hits in seven innings.
Red Sox 7, Phillies 6
CLEARWATER, Fla. — Chase Utley and Ryan Howard hit back-to-back home runs for the second consecutive day, but rookie Jackie Bradley Jr. and the Boston Red Sox roughed up Cliff Lee.
Bradley hit a three-run homer in the second inning and finished with four RBIs. He had a sacrifice fly in the third as Boston scored three more times off Lee, who was making his final start in Florida before the Phillies break camp later this week.
The ace left-hander allowed six runs — four earned — and nine hits in 5 1-3 innings. He struck out seven and didn’t walk a batter.
The 40th overall pick in the 2011 draft, Bradley is batting .423 (22 for 52) with two homers, four doubles and nine RBIs in 23 games this spring, his first in major league camp.
Mets (ss) 10, Cardinals 7
JUPITER, Fla. — After spending almost five years in the U.S. Navy, simply being on the mound at Roger Dean Stadium was exhilarating for St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Mitch Harris — even if the results were disappointing.
Harris gave up a pair of two-run homers and took the loss as a New York Mets split squad beat the Cardinals.
St. Louis played with a short-handed lineup. Third baseman David Freese was a late scratch after experiencing tightness in his back. Right fielder Carlos Beltran, battling a sore toe, went 1 for 5 in a minor league game.
Jon Jay was 3 for 3 with two RBIs for the Cardinals.
Jamie Hoffmann and Zach Lutz each hit a two-run homer off Harris, selected by the Cardinals out of the Naval Academy in the 13th round of the 2008 draft.
Orioles 12, Pirates 10
BRADENTON, Fla. — Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Russell Martin couldn’t recall ever being ejected from a spring training game before.
Martin was ejected in the top of the first inning for arguing balls and strikes with plate umpire Chad Fairchild.
Pirates pitcher Chris Leroux left the game at the same time Martin did. Leroux was yanked after giving up eight runs.