The Mariners have signed former New York Yankees ace Chien-Ming Wang to a minor league contract, and he will be added to the roster today.
Wang, 35, is expected to pitch in relief either today or tomorrow, and then move into Tacoma’s starting rotation after the all-star break.
A 19-game winner in both 2006 and 2007 for the Yankees, Wang has not pitched in the majors since making six starts for Toronto in 2013.
The sinkerballer was 20-years-old when he left his native Taiwan and started his American career at the bottom of the Yankees farm system. He had his best season in 2006, when he was 19-6 with a 3.63 ERA and finished second in the American League Cy Young Award balloting.
Wang started this season with Gwinnett in the International League, where he went 2-6, 6.10 for the Atlanta Braves Triple-A club. He was released, made three highly successful starts for the Southern Maryland Stone Crabs of the independent Atlantic League, and now the Mariners have signed him.
During his time with the Yankees, Wang (pronounced “wong”) was an international superstar and huge celebrity in Taiwan.
Yesterday: Reno walked off the Rainiers on Nick Buss’s two-out, bases loaded RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning. Reno picked up the 4-3 win and has won two in a row.
Roster Moves: Tacoma has room on the roster for Wang.
Today: Tacoma (44-45) at Reno (42-47), 7:05.
Opponent Affiliation: Arizona Diamondbacks.
Season Series: Reno leads, 5-4.
Starting Pitchers: RHP Forrest Snow (7-5, 2.55) at RHP Edgar Garcia (2-1, 4.09)
Hot Rainiers: Steve Baron extended his hitting streak to eight games. He’s batting .352 in 20 games since being promoted from Double-A Jackson.
Look Out For: Danny Dorn hit a two-run homer last night and is 6-for-11 on the series – he’s hitting .429 in over 163 at-bats in the PCL, but has hit .172 in 29 at-bats in the big leagues (primarily as a pinch-hitter, which is a tough job).
Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 6:50 (Pacific) on South Sound Sports 850 AM. The broadcast also streams online via the TuneIn app – just click here.
PCL Scoreboard: Follow all Pacific Coast League games in real-time with links to Gameday screens right here.
- Details on last night’s game can be found in the Rainiers game story.
- The Mariners lost to the Angels as the bullpen continued to struggle.
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook is chock full of goodies.
- The Mariners hitters are improving under new hitting coach Edgar Martinez, Larry Stone writes.
- Hisashi Iwakuma should throw his slider less, according to this article.
- Fresno opened up a seven game lead over second-place Tacoma by beating Sacramento, 8-5.
- Alex Castellanos continued his excellent season as Las Vegas downed Salt Lake, 8-4.
- El Paso’s game against Albuquerque was rained out. You can exchange your tickets for any future Chihuahuas game.
- Memphis wiped out Nashville, 9-1.
- Round Rock grabbed a one-run lead in the sixth inning and held on for a 5-4 win over New Orleans.
- Oklahoma City swept a doubleheader at Colorado Springs. Kyle Jensen homered in both games.
- The Great Balbino homered twice, but Omaha lost to Iowa in ten innings, 5-3.
- The Omaha Storm Chasers have a packed schedule of events surrounding the Triple-A All-Star Game this week.