Yankees sign Chien-Ming Wang to minor-league deal

Yankees pitcher Chien-Ming Wang winds up in the Yankees pitcher Chien-Ming Wang winds up in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. (April 6, 2008) Photo Credit: AP

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LAKELAND, Fla. -- The Yankees dipped into their recent past Saturday when they officially signed Chien-Ming Wang to a minor-league contract.

Wang, who had been working out at the Yankees' minor-league camp, rejoins the organization he pitched for from 2005-09. Featuring a power sinker, he went 55-26 with the Yankees, going 19-6 in 2006 and 19-7 in 2007.

Wang, who turns 33 next Sunday, has been a shell of his former ace self since suffering a serious foot injury while running the bases in Houston on June 15, 2008. He was 8-2 at the time.

After undergoing major shoulder surgery in July 2009, he pitched for the Nationals in 2011 and 2012, going 2-3 with a 6.68 ERA in 10 games last season.

The Yankees hope Wang can give them some veteran insurance at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He threw 12 scoreless innings for Chinese Taipei in the recent World Baseball Classic.

"He pitched well in the WBC,'' Joe Girardi said. "This guy has had success before.''

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Extra basesAndy Pettitte allowed four runs in 61/3 innings in the Yankees' 10-6 loss to the Tigers. Pettitte gave up eight hits, walked one and struck out five . . . Cody Eppley, fighting for a bullpen spot, faced five batters and allowed five runs and five hits, including a home run by Miguel Cabrera. Eppley's ERA is 14.29 . . . Ben Francisco hit two home runs and is batting .350. With Brennan Boesch (stiff rib cage) out until Tuesday, Francisco will get more at-bats, and not just against lefthanders, Girardi said . . . Juan Rivera, who could be the Opening Day first baseman, went 3-for-4 with an RBI and is batting .321 . . . Brett Gardner left after five innings because of a stomach ailment.

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