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Yankees sign pitcher Wang to minor league contract


Taiwan’s starter Wang Chien-ming delivers a pitch against Australia in the first inning of their World Baseball Classic first round game at the Intercontinental Baseball Stadium in Taichung, Taiwan, Saturday, March 2, 2013. Taiwan beat Australia 4-1. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

TAMPA, Florida — The New York Yankees have brought back a familiar face, signing Taiwanese pitcher Wang Chien-ming to a minor league contract.

The Yankees said on Saturday that Wang would report right away to the minor league complex.

Wang, who turns 33 this month, was originally signed by the Yankees in 2000. He went 55-26 with them during five seasons, and was a 19-game winner in consecutive years.

Wang has been slowed by injuries since then, starting when he injured his foot while running the bases in 2008.

The right-hander went 2-6 with a 6.68 ERA in 10 games with Washington last year. He spent the last three seasons with the Nationals.


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