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Baseball: Taiwan's Wang seeks MLB redemption

Taiwan's struggling pitcher Chien-Ming Wang said Monday he hoped to resurrect his Major League Baseball career after being released by the Toronto Blue Jays. Wang became a free agent in October after a poor run of form saw him pitch just 1.2 innings in consecutive outings against the Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers, despite making three strong starts for the Canadian team. Since then, there have been reports that the 33-year-old, formerly a New York Yankee ace, might head to the Japanese or Taiwan leagues.

Baseball: Taiwan's Wang signs deal with Yankees

Chien-Ming Wang, a right-handed pitcher from Taiwan who won 55 games over five years for the New York Yankees through 2009, has signed a new contract with the Major League Baseball club. The Yankees announced on Saturday that they have signed Wang, who turns 33 next week, to a minor-league contract, a move that comes after two strong outings from the Asian ace for his homeland in the World Baseball Classic. Wang threw six shutout innings in a first-round victory over Australia and six more shutout innings against Japan in a 4-3 second-round defeat.

Baseball: Taiwan ace pitcher Wang eyes US return

Ace Taiwanese pitcher Chien-ming Wang Monday said he hoped to return to the US major leagues, denying reports he is mulling a deal to play in Japan. Wang is currently playing for Taiwan in the World Baseball Classic and has thrown six innings, both against Australia and reigning champions Japan, without allowing a run. He is currently a free agent after an injury-plagued season with the Washington Nationals. In 2006 and 2007 he pitched for the New York Yankees winning 19 games both seasons.

Baseball: Dutch shock South Korea as Classic starts

Two-time defending champions Japan narrowly beat Brazil and 2009 finalists South Korea were shocked 5-0 defeat by the Netherlands as the World Baseball Classic got off to an engrossing start on Saturday. Star pitcher Wang Chien-ming also threw six shut-out innings as he led co-hosts Taiwan to a 4-1 victory over Australia on day one of the pool phase, being played in four countries over the coming week.
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