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Baseball

Yanks deal for Angels’ outfielder

– On his first day with the New York Yankees, outfielder Vernon Wells recalled a game in the International League more than a decade ago and he saw Darryl Strawberry in uniform for the opposition.

“I remember the first time I played the Triple-A Yankees, when I was 20 years old,” he said Tuesday. “It was the first that I actually got goosebumps playing against another team. And from that day I’ve quietly been a Yankee fan.”

Wells’ trade to the Yankees was finalized Tuesday, when New York dealt a pair of minor leaguers to the Angels: outfielder Exircado Cayones and left-hander Kramer Sneed.

“Obviously not when we’ve played against them,” Wells said, “but every time the Yankees were in the playoffs and I was sitting at home, I was cheering for the Yankees. Somewhat of a dream come true.”

Around the leagues

Yankees captain Derek Jeter, who is still recovering from surgery on his left ankle, is resigned to starting the season on the disabled list. … The White Sox put left-hander John Danks on the 15-day disabled list as he recovers from surgery on his rotator cuff and biceps. … Rick Porcello earned the No. 5 starter’s job in the Detroit rotation, and Drew Smyly will start the season in the bullpen. … Daisuke Matsuzaka and Matt Capps are staying with Cleveland after the pair agreed to minor league contracts. … Pittsburgh told left-hander Jonathan Sanchez and third baseman Brandon Inge they will make the opening day roster. … Right-hander Aaron Cook was released by Philadelphia. … Derek Lowe will start the season in the Texas bullpen. … San Francisco selected the contract of right-hander Chad Gaudin from Triple-A Fresno.

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