Wang hardly pitched brilliantly, but he did throw effectively enough for the Yankees to abandon plans of finding a new job for their former 19-game winner. And so when Wang takes the mound again on Tuesday, he will do so without the pressure of any similar ultimatum.
NYY: RHP Chien-Ming Wang (0-5, 12.30 ERA)
After pitching well enough against the Nationals to earn another start, Wang will have another chance to prove himself. The right-hander has faced the Braves once before, in 2006, allowing two runs on eight hits in an eight-inning no-decision at Yankee Stadium. ATL: RHP Tommy Hanson (2-0, 4.08 ERA)
Inconsistent command has been an issue, as Hanson has allowed nine walks during the 11 2/3 innings he's completed, proving victorious in his past two starts. Armed with a plus-fastball and a plus-slider, the highly regarded prospect has shown the ability to pitch out of jams and make quick adjustments. After using two strikeouts to escape a bases-loaded jam with one out during Thursday's second inning against the Reds, Hanson threw 25 of his next 37 pitches for strikes and ended the six-inning effort without allowing a run. Tidbits
Through three games in National League parks, Yankees pitchers are 2-for-7 at the plate with one RBI and one run scored. ... Braves hitters Casey Kotchman and Garret Anderson, two former Angels, are a combined 5-for-9 lifetime off Wang. ... The Yankees will face two pitchers in this series -- Hanson and Kenshin Kawakami -- that they have never seen. Tickets
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Wednesday: Yankees (Joba Chamberlain, 3-2, 3.89) at Braves (Kenshin Kawakami, 4-6, 4.42), 7:00 p.m. ET
Thursday: Yankees (Andy Pettitte, 7-3, 4.26) at Braves (Derek Lowe, 7-5, 4.09), 7:00 p.m. ET
Friday: Yankees (CC Sabathia, 6-4, 3.71) at Mets (TBD), 7:10 p.m. ET
Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.