Wang Pitches 5 Score­less In­nings in Re­hab Start

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Yan­kees RHP Chien-Ming Wang didn’t al­low a hit over five score­less in­nings in an ex­tended spring train­ing game yes­ter­day.

It was Wang’s first out­ing since he hurt his right ham­string while run­ning on March 23. The 19-game win­ner last sea­son is sched­uled to pitch in an­other mi­nor league game Thurs­day — likely with Class A Tampa — and might re­join the Yan­kees’ ro­ta­tion for a start on April 24 at Tampa Bay.

“He’s go­ing to pitch one more time here and then we’ll see what hap­pens af­ter that,” Yan­kees Vice Pres­i­dent Billy Con­nors said. “He’s al­most right there.”

Pitch­ing against Tampa Bay mi­nor lea­guers, Wang struck out six and walked one. He threw 35 of 55 pitches for strikes.

“I thought it was very good for the first time out,” Con­nors said. “He did a great job.”

Wang strug­gled with his con­trol early on, walk­ing one and throw­ing 7 of 14 pitches for balls dur­ing the first. He then struck out two in each of the next two in­nings.

“No prob­lems,” Wang said. “I felt stronger” each in­ning.

Wang will play catch to­day and is sched­uled to have a bullpen ses­sion to­mor­row. K KEEP­ING HIS COOL: Paul Byrd is warm­ing up to pitch­ing in cold weather.

The right-han­der worked six sharp in­nings in his first of­fi­cial start of the sea­son as the In­di­ans beat the White Sox.

“I usu­ally don’t pitch well in the cold, but I’ve got­ten bet­ter used to it,” Byrd said af­ter per­form­ing in 40-de­gree tem­per­a­tures and brisk winds. “Af­ter last week, it felt like 60 de­grees out there to me.”

Byrd had come within one strike of an ab­bre­vi­ated no-hit­ter on April 6. That was Cleve­land’s sched­uled home opener — which was snowed out with two outs in the top of the fifth and the In­di­ans lead­ing the Mariners, 4-0.

“I was very an­gry,” Byrd said, adding that he got a lit- tle riled again yes­ter­day when um­pire Larry Pon­cino asked him about the ex­pe­ri­ence. “I found my­self in the mid­dle of this game talk­ing about that one.

Byrd’s first pitch to the White Sox was a called strike — ex­actly what he needed eight days ear­lier to make it an of­fi­cial game in the swirling snow at Ja­cobs Field. K BACK TO AC­TION: An­gels SS Or­lando Cabr­era, who was hit by a pitch on his left el­bow on Fri­day, was in the lineup af­ter test­ing out okay be­fore yes­ter­day’s game against the Red Sox. He had a sin­gle and a dou­ble.

— From News Ser­vices

BY CHARLES SON­NEN­BLICK — AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Chien-Ming Wang might re­join the Yan­kees’ ro­ta­tion for a start on April 24 af­ter in­jur­ing his right ham­string March 23.

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