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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Chien Ming Wang gives best of both worlds

NY YankeesIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Wang (W, 15-6)8.05212603.95
Bruney 1.00000003.32
DetroitIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Bonderman (L, 10-7)5.28774014.87
Byrdak 0.10000004.09
Grilli 3.02001005.37
WP: Wang. Pitches-strikes: Wang 107-66, Bruney 10-5, Bonderman 105-62, Byrdak 4-3, Grilli 50-30. Ground outs-fly outs: Wang 12-6, Bruney 0-3, Bonderman 5-12, Byrdak 0-1, Grilli 4-5. DP: 2 (Cano-Jeter-Betemit, Wang-Jeter-Betemit).
  • Wang got back his ground outs with 2 double plays and still mixed in a few strike-outs.
(What is nice is that Wang himself felt good about it, per Peter Abraham's Lohud Yankee blog)

"He was thrilled afterward.

“This is like last year,” he said. “I feel much better. More confident.”

Remember that pitch that Posada missed in the fifth inning? It was a split-finger fastball. I didn’t even know Wang had that pitch.

“I threw it in the minors,” Wang said with a smile. “I still throw it sometimes.”

Said Posada: “That thing moved like a knuckeball. It wasn’t a bad pitch, I just didn’t catch it.""

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