Chien-Ming Wang, who has won nine of his last 10 decisions, aims to keep the Yankees' second-half surge alive against the Royals on Friday at Yankee Stadium.
The right-hander has allowed three or fewer earned runs in 12 of his 15 starts since May 16. During that stretch, Wang owns a 3.15 ERA. He's also proved himself to be Mr. Consistent, pitching at least six innings in each of his last 11 starts, and in 18 of 19 this season.
Wang is tied for the Major League lead with 30 wins in 46 starts since May 2006. Carlos Zambrano of the Cubs also has 30 wins during that period, but he has three more starts than Wang.
Taking the hill for Kansas City will be left-hander Odalis Perez, who owns an 0-2 record and 9.26 ERA in his career against the Yankees.
NYY: RHP Chien-Ming Wang (12-5, 3.61 ERA)
Wang tossed six solid innings against the Orioles to earn his 12th victory in his last start. He allowed nine hits and three runs to the O's, despite being frustrated with some calls and not having his best stuff.
KC: LHP Odalis Perez (6-9, 5.73 ERA)
Perez pitched effectively against the Rangers in his last outing, throwing his first quality start since June 30. He allowed three runs in six innings and didn't walk a batter for the first time this season, adding four strikeouts along the way.
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Mark Teahen has had his way with Wang in his seven career at-bats against the right-hander, racking up three hits, including a double, and four RBIs.
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Saturday: Yankees (Phil Hughes, 1-1, 3.38) vs. Royals (Kyle Davies, 4-8, 5.76), 1:05 p.m. ET
Sunday: Yankees (Mike Mussina, 6-7, 4.75) vs. Royals (Gil Meche, 7-8, 3.70), 1:05 p.m. ET
Monday: Yankees (Andy Pettitte, 7-7, 3.97) at Blue Jays (TBA), 1:07 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.