Family Reunion

The Yankees finally welcomed Bernie Williams back into the starting lineup on Wednesday against the Indians. Derek Jeter and Alfonso Soriano returned as well, and all three played key roles in the Yankees' victory over Cleveland. David Wells (11-3) bounced back from a poor outing to guide the Yanks to a 6-2 victory.

Williams, who had been out since May 28 after undergoing knee surgery, made his triumphant return to the Yankees going 1/4 with a walk and two runs batted in in his first game back.

In his very first at bat he came up with the bases loaded and nobody out after Soriano, Jeter and Jason Giambi reached in front of him. Williams hit a very hard grounder to shortstop where Ricky Gutierrez bobbled the ball allowing Soriano to score and everyone to move up safely. Williams was credited with an RBI, but no hit.

The Yanks added two more runs on a bases-loaded walk that scored Jeter, and a fielder's choice that plated Giambi and were off to a good start after being one-hit on Tuesday.

Wells entered the game with a lead and he never relinquished it. The lefty took a shutout into the eighth inning before allowing an RBI single to Coco Crisp and a run-scoring groundout to Matt Lawton that chased him from the game.

Wells grabbed the victory, lasting 7 2/3 innings and allowing nine hits and two runs while fanning one batter. He didn't walk anyone for the thirteenth time this season, and he still has just six walks for the season.

The Yanks added a run in the seventh on Williams' RBI single, then notched two more on Derek Jeter's two-RBI double in the eighth. Jeter had four hits in the game, and has boosted his average to .307. Just ten days ago, his average was all the way down at .266, but he is hitting .529 since then.

C.C. Sabathia (8-4) was charged with the loss after struggling with his command early. He walked six Yankees in the first inning – including Jorge Posada with the bases loaded – and finished the game with six bases on balls. Sabathia lasted seven innings and allowed four runs – two earned – on five hits and the six walks. He also struck out six.

Williams had missed the team's previous 38 games with his injury. Jeter and Soriano were both held out of Tuesday's starting lineup after suffering hand injuries while facing Pedro Martinez. Raul Mondesi returned to the lineup on Tuesday after being out with a hip flexor injury.

Erick Almonte returned to AAA Columbus before the game to make room for Williams. Between the Yankees' various injuries and his own, Almonte has played just two games for the Clippers.

The rubber match of the three-game series between the Yankees and Indians is on Thursday at 7:05 pm. Roger Clemens (8-6, 3.75) will get the start for the Yankees. He will match up against Cleveland's Jason Davis (7-7, 4.79).

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