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Wells Is Well, Schilling Is Not

Sunday, March 13, 2005; Page E08

David Wells allowed two runs in his first two innings of spring training yesterday, then looked ahead to another debut with the Boston Red Sox.

It could come on Opening Night against his old team, the New York Yankees, when the longtime rivals meet April 3 in New York. Boston ace Curt Schilling might not be ready after offseason ankle surgery.


With Curt Schilling recovering from surgery, David Wells, above, could be the Red Sox' starter on Opening Day. (Gregory Shamus -- Reuters)

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"I don't have any problem with it," Wells said. "I don't mind taking the ball in any game no matter what, especially a big game, and the first game of the season is going to be a big game."

The Tampa Bay Devil Rays beat the Red Sox, 6-4, yesterday on Pete LaForest's two-run homer in the ninth inning off Denney Tomori.

The 41-year-old Wells gave-up four hits, one earned run and a wild pitch in two innings. He had no walks or strikeouts while throwing 28 pitches, 20 for strikes.

The left-hander has been healthy throughout spring training but said he only needs 12 to 15 innings to be ready for the regular season.

Schilling will throw on the side tomorrow, then work three innings, about 60 pitches, against hitters on Wednesday. Boston Manager Terry Francona said Schilling's strength isn't a problem. "I would say it's more of a balance and feel," he said.

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