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Wang gets the nod against Twins

Wang tries to gather momentum vs. Twins

Chien-Ming Wang will make his third career start against Minnesota on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium. Wang, who is averaging seven innings per start -- best in the Yankees' rotation -- looks for his eighth win of the season.

The right-hander has allowed three earned runs or fewer in seven of his last nine starts, going 6-1 with a 3.22 ERA during that stretch. In his last 43 innings of work, Wang has walked a total of nine batters.

The 27-year-old has especially been tough on right-handers this year, holding them to a .253 average. In fact, Wang hadn't given up a home run to a right-handed hitter this season until Pedro Feliz took him deep two starts ago in San Francisco.

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Carlos Silva will counter for the Twins. He is 6-8 this season with a 4.15 ERA.

Pitching matchup
NYY: RHP Chien-Ming Wang (7-4, 3.86 ERA)
Wang battled bad weather conditions in his last start, throwing 6 1/3 innings in a game eventually suspended by rain. Opposite of Silva, Wang started out "incredible," according to manager Joe Torre, but then tailed off and was pulled in the seventh. He allowed nine hits and six runs.

MIN: RHP Carlos Silva (6-8, 4.15 ERA)
After a rough first inning against the Blue Jays in his last start on Thursday, when he fell into a quick 0-4 hole, Silva finished strong in Toronto. Now he's headed into the Bronx, where he is 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA in one career start at Yankee Stadium.

Player to watch
The Twins haven't seen Wang pitch too many times, but in three career at-bats against the right-hander, Justin Morneau has two hits off him for a .667 batting average.

Tickets
 Buy tickets now to catch the game in person.

On the Internet
 MLB.TV
 Gameday Audio
•  Gameday
•  Official game notes

On television
• YES

On radio
• WCBS, 92.7 WQBU (Español)

Up next
• Wednesday: Yankees (Mike Mussina, 4-5, 4.63) vs. Twins (Johan Santana, 9-6, 2.76), 1:05 p.m. ET
• Thursday: Yankees (Kei Igawa, 2-2, 6.91) vs. Twins (Kevin Slowey, 3-0, 5.13), 1:05 p.m. ET
• Friday: Yankees (Andy Pettitte, 4-6, 3.77) vs. Angels (Bartolo Colon, 6-4, 5.79), 7:05 p.m. ET

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

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