New York, April 30 (CNA) Taiwanese pitcher Chien-Ming Wang put in a strong performance Tuesday, allowing only one run in his season-high seven innings to help the New York Yankees' minor league team to a 3-1 victory.
Deciding to stay in New York after his first opt-out date on April 30, Wang pitched the first game of the day's doubleheader with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders against the Charlotte Knights.
He tossed 82 balls with 55 strikes, gave up six hits, walked one and struck out two. His earned-run average increased slightly to 0.95.
The Taiwanese player has extended his pitching innings this season. In the three games that he has played for the Yankees' Triple-A club, he threw 5 1/3 innings in his first outing and 6 2/3 innings in his second appearance.
The Yankees re-signed their former ace, who contributed back-to-back 19 wins in 2006 and 2007, after his outstanding performance in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
Wang's contract includes an opt-out clause, saying that he could choose to become a free agent if he is not put into the 25-man roster prior to April 30, May 31, June 30 and Aug. 10 and 31.
Wang's agent Alan Chang said that the 33-year-old will continue to start in accordance with the team's rotation and will prepare to return to the major league.
(By Leaf Chiang, Lin Hung-han and Nell Shen)