Wang has tough act to follow

Wang has tough act to follow

Chien-Ming Wang would be hard-pressed to perform the way he did in his last start -- almost perfectly.

The Yankees ace pitched 7 1/3 perfect innings against the Mariners on Saturday before giving up a home run to Mariners first baseman Ben Broussard.

Yankees manager Joe Torre said he's hoping for the same type of start from the right-hander, but noted the rarity of the performance that Wang turned in.

"For someone who's not a strikeout pitcher, to take the game into the eighth inning is pretty amazing," Torre said.

Wang struck out four without walking a batter against the Mariners, and now he aims for his second straight victory against the Rangers on Thursday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.

Wang has shown that he's regained the control that won him 19 games last season. His ERA has dropped to 3.98 after hovering over 5.00 in the early going of the season.

"When he gets out there, he's not very complicated," Torre said. "He's basically a sinkerball guy; he makes guys dig it out, throws a lot of strikes. Players like playing behind him, because he works fast. But hopefully, you get the same kind of start."

Brandon McCarthy is slated to pitch for Texas. In his career, the right-hander has faced the Yankees twice out of the bullpen, with little success. He is 2-4 with a 7.96 ERA this season.

Pitching matchup
NYY: RHP Chien-Ming Wang (1-2, 3.98 ERA)
Wang simply dominated the Mariners in his last start, throwing 7 1/3 innings of perfect baseball before giving up two consecutive hits, the first of which was a home run. The right-hander doesn't have a long track record against the Rangers, but so far, it's spotless. Wang owns a career 2-0 record with a 3.21 ERA against Texas.

TEX: RHP Brandon McCarthy (2-4, 7.96 ERA)
McCarthy beat the Blue Jays in his last start, snapping a three-game losing streak and allowing just one run on two hits over six innings. In his career against the Yankees, McCarthy has made two relief appearances for a total of 1 2/3 innings, posting a 10.80 ERA.

Player to watch
No Rangers starter in Thursday's lineup has more than seven career at-bats against Wang, but first baseman Mark Teixeira has three hits off the Yankees right-hander.

On the Internet
 Gameday Audio
•  Gameday
•  Official game notes

On television

On radio
• WCBS-AM 880 AM, WQBU-FM 92.7 FM (Espanol)

Up next
• Friday: Yankees (RHP Darrell Rasner, 1-1, 2.75) at Mariners (LHP Jarrod Washburn, 2-3, 3.18), 10:05 p.m. ET
• Saturday: Yankees (RHP Matt DeSalvo, 0-0, 1.29) at Mariners (RHP Miguel Batista, 3-2, 5.70), 10:05 p.m. ET
• Sunday: Yankees (LHP Andy Pettitte, 2-1, 2.72) at Mariners (LHP Horacio Ramirez, 2-2, 7.62), 4:05 p.m. ET

Caleb Breakey is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.