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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Wang bounces back

After giving up six runs in 2-3 of an inning last time out against Cincinnati, Chien-Ming Wang rebounded with a solid outing Tuesday afternoon against the Toronto Blue Jays. Wang gave up two hits in 3 2-3 innings in the Yankees' 6-1 victory. He also struck out a batter and walked no one.

The Yankees started their scoring early, as they were able to push across four runs in the first inning off of Toronto starter Gustavo Chacin. Melky Cabrera led off with a drag bunt single and Derek Jeter walked. Bobby Abreu was up next and drilled a pitch to center field for a two-run double. Alex Rodriguez drove home Abreu on a long two-run home run over the right-center field wall. It was his second home run and third and fourth RBI of the spring.

Jason Lane homered in the sixth inning, as he is battling for a reserve spot. This too was his second home run of the spring.

Backup catcher Jose Molina went 2-2 from the nine-hole. Newest Yankee Chad Moeller went 0-2 after Molina. He is scheduled to be Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre's starting catcher.

Cabrera finished the day going 2-3, as did Abreu and Lane. The Yankees had 11 total hits.

The only Yankee pitcher to allow a run was Darrell Rasner. He pitched 2 1-3 innings, allowing the only run of the game, as well as two hits and one walk, while striking out two.

Kyle Farnsworth walked a batter and allowed a double in his one inning of work. Brian Bruney gave up a hit in 1 2-3 innings, but also struck out two batters.

The biggest positive of the game is Wang's performance. Fans are down on him after his awful ALDS performance and he struggled in his last start, so this was a big game for him. Hopefully he can continue to put his past behind him and win another 19 games this season.

Tomorrow, Andy battles Andy, as Andy Pettitte will face Tampa Bay Ray's Andy Sonnanstine at 1:05 p.m. Chris Britton, LaTroy Hawkins, Billy Traber, Edwar Ramirez, Brian Bruney and Jose Veras are also scheduled to pitch for New York.

(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)


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