Chien-Ming Wang hasn't been a significant part of a major league rotation in a few years. Tuesday night provides him with another chance, however.
Wang makes his first appearance for his new club, starting for the Toronto Blue Jays against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.
The 33-year-old opted out of his minor league contract with the Yankees and signed with Toronto earlier this week. He had been pitching for New York's Triple-A team in Scranton Wilkes-Barre, where he went 4-4 with a 2.33 ERA in nine starts.
Wang won 54 games with the Yankees from 2005-2008, but had struggled with injuries more recently, starting 25 games over the past three seasons and posting a 6.68 ERA for Washington last year.
But perhaps as much as any other team, Toronto could afford to take a flyer to try to help its beleaguered pitching staff. Blue Jays relievers have pitched 63 innings over the last 12 games and the rotation also remains one of the worst in baseball with a 5.31 ERA. R.A. Dickey was tagged for seven runs and 10 hits - including two homers by Adam Dunn - over five innings in Toronto's 10-6 loss Monday, which was delayed an hour and 10 minutes because of fog."Obviously like I've said before it's tough to tell you all each and every day how good you feel and you look up and it's 0 for 4," said Dunn, 7 for 11 over his last three games. "Tonight was good. It felt good. It feels better to get this game in and win."
Toronto also learned some bad news as Brandon Morrow - out since May 28 with tightness in his right forearm - is expected to miss another two to three weeks, according to the team's official website. General manager Alex Anthopoulos hopes Wang can prove to be an innings-eater.
"(He'll throw) a lot of strikes, get a lot of ground balls," Anthopoulos, who said Wang isn't guaranteed any role past Tuesday, told the team's official website. "He's not going to strike too many guys out, but he's going to induce contact and he should pitch deep into the game if he's having success."
In addition to Dunn's fifth career four-hit game and first in over two years Monday, Alexei Ramirez also provided three hits and Alejandro De Aza drove in a pair of runs. Ramirez is 17 for 42 (.405) in his last 12 games versus Toronto, while De Aza is 19 for 49 (.388) over his last 12 games overall with nine RBIs.
Chicago's run total was a season high, and the club had scored more than five just once over the last 18 games.
Hoping to receive a solid backing will be starter Jose Quintana (3-2, 3.95 ERA), who has received an average of 2.51 runs of support over his last seven starts.
He allowed three homers for the first time in his career Thursday, getting charged with four runs and seven hits over 7 2-3 innings in a 5-4 loss to Oakland. The left-hander is 2-1 with a 1.86 ERA in three starts against Toronto, including a 7-0 road win April 17 in which he threw 6 2-3 innings.
Jose Bautista - who also homered twice Monday and matched a career best with five RBIs - accounted for the only home run Quintana has surrendered to the Blue Jays.
Wang is 3-0 with a 3.00 ERA over three starts versus the White Sox but hasn't faced them since 2008.
Edwin Encarnacion has hit safely in 13 of 14 games with 13 RBIs.
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|June 03, 2013||Ramon Ortiz||15-Day DL||Right elbow strain|
|June 02, 2013||Ramon Ortiz||Day-to-Day||Left game - right elbow|
|June 01, 2013||Brandon Morrow||15-Day DL||Right forearm strain|
|May 28, 2013||Brett Lawrie||15-Day DL||Left ankle sprain|
|May 28, 2013||Brett Lawrie||Day-to-Day||Ankle sprain|
|May 19, 2013||Darren Oliver||15-Day DL||Left shoulder strain|
|Chicago White Sox|
|June 05, 2013||Jake Peavy||15-Day DL||Fractured rib - out 4-6 weeks|
|June 04, 2013||Jake Peavy||Day-to-Day||Left game - Rib pain|
|May 30, 2013||Dewayne Wise||15-Day DL||Strained right hamstring|
|May 22, 2013||Chris Sale||Day-to-Day||Left shoulder tendinitis|
|May 02, 2013||Dewayne Wise||Day-to-Day||Stiff neck|
|May 02, 2013||Jake Peavy||Day-to-Day||Back spasms|
CHICAGO (AP) -- Chien-Ming Wang and Joey Bautista gave Toronto a chance, and two late miscues by the Chicago White Sox gave the Blue Jays a win.
Bautista hit a game-tying home run in the ninth inning and Rajai Davis scored on a wild pitch in the 10th to lead the Blue Jays to a 7-5 win over the White Sox at a dimmed U.S. Cellular Field on Tuesday night.
Wang made his first start of the season after signing with the injury-riddled Blue Jays, lasting 7 1-3 innings while giving up five runs and 10 hits to help Toronto avoid a three-game losing streak.
"I thought he did a great job," Gibbons said. "He really did."
During the 10th, there was a brief delay after a handful of bulbs in the light standards above the infield at U.S. Cellular Field went out as Ramon Troncoso (0-1) prepared to throw his 2-1 pitch to Adam Lind . Following the delay, Davis scored on Troncoso's wild pitch.
Toronto took a 7-5 lead when Maicer Izturis came home on Munenori Kawasaki 's double after Tyler Flowers dropped Alexei Ramirez 's relay throw for Chicago's third error of the night.
Brett Cecil (2-0) went 1 2-3 innings for the win and Casey Janssen pitched a scoreless 10th for his 13th save in 14 tries, getting Adam Dunn to ground out with runners on first and second to end the game as the lights returned to full strength.
"It's baseball season. We're happy tonight and tomorrow's a new day," said Lind, who had three hits. "Another tough game tomorrow, their ace ( Chris Sale ) is on the mound so we know what we're in for."
Wang started the season at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in the Yankees' organization, but opted out of his minor league deal last Friday after going 4-4 with a 2.33 ERA in nine starts.
Wang has spent seven seasons in the major leagues, five with the Yankees, but last started at least 15 games in 2008. Tuesday was only his 26th start since then because of a series of injuries.
Before Tuesday, Wang hadn't pitched in any game since June 1, when he threw seven shutout innings against Durham. His previous major league start was Sept. 23 against the Brewers, and his last win was June 12 of last year against the Blue Jays, when he was with the Washington Nationals .
Manager John Gibbons said Wang will get another start for the Blue Jays.
To make room for Wang, the Blue Jays designated IF Andy LaRoche for assignment. LaRoche was 1 for 4 in one game with the Blue Jays.
Before Tuesday, Blue Jays relievers had thrown 18 innings over their last three games, including 11 during their 4-3 18-inning win Saturday over Texas.
Wang struggled through the fourth, allowing five runs to fall behind 5-2, but settled in and gave the bullpen a rest. He escaped a bases-loaded jam with no outs in the fifth by striking out Paul Konerko and getting Dunn to line into a double play.
"I'm very happy to be back and thank you to the Blue Jays for giving me a chance and opportunity to play baseball in the major leagues," Wang said.
The White Sox, meanwhile, gave Toronto ample chances to get back into the game.
Chicago's three errors gave the Blue Jays three unearned runs. The three errors gave them 42 this season after 70 last year, and they've now given up 23 unearned runs after surrendering 30 in 2012.
They also made mistakes on the bases. Dayan Viciedo got caught stealing in the second, Alejandro De Aza was picked off first in the third, Gordon Beckham was thrown out at third by Bautista in the fourth and Ramirez was doubled off second in the fifth on Dunn's liner.
"We kept shooting ourselves in the foot running the bases," Chicago manager Robin Ventura said. "Any time you lose like that it doesn't feel good."
Jose Quintana pitched 6 1-3 innings, giving up four runs (two earned) and six hits while striking out five to leave with a chance for his first win since May 21. Dunn hit a solo home run, his 17th of the year, and Conor Gillaspie hit a three-run homer off Wang in the fourth to give Chicago a 5-2 lead.
Even after Edwin Encarnacion 's two-run home run in the fifth cut the White Sox lead to 5-4, Chicago was one out from a win until Bautista connected off closer Addison Reed .
"I felt great out there," Reed said. "One bad pitch and the next thing you know it, tie ballgame."
NOTES: Gibbons said SS Jose Reyes would need "a couple weeks" on a rehab assignment before coming back. Reyes has been on the disabled list since April 13 with a sprained left ankle. . White Sox OF Dewayne Wise worked out before Tuesday's game, and Ventura said he hopes he can go to Triple-A Charlotte "in the next few days" on a rehab assignment. Wise has been on the DL since June 2 with a strained right hamstring. . Toronto C Henry Blanco , who was designated for assignment June 7, has been released. . The White Sox returned LHP Leyson Septimo from his rehab assignment at Triple-A Charlotte, reinstated him from the 60-day DL, and outrighted him back to Charlotte. . Wednesday's pitching matchup is Toronto's Esmil Rogers (1-2, 3.60) against Sale (5-4, 2.68).