Wang to start exhibition at new Stadium
Right-hander to face Cubs for first of two preseason games
TAMPA, Fla. -- Chien-Ming Wang is in line to start the first exhibition game at the new Yankee Stadium, the Yankees announced on Monday.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that the right-hander is scheduled to take the ball on April 3 against the Chicago Cubs for a 7:05 p.m. ET start. This will be the first of two exhibition games at the new $1.5 billion Cathedral in the Bronx.
Wang, who turns 29 on March 31, is slotted as the Yankees' No. 2 starter this season behind ace CC Sabathia. The Taiwanese hurler won 19 games in both 2006 and 2007 before seeing his campaign cut short last season by a right foot injury on June 15 at Houston. He finished the year 8-2 with a 4.07 ERA in 15 starts.
The second game at Yankee Stadium will feature right-hander A.J. Burnett and Andy Pettitte sharing pitching duties for New York. Burnett signed a five-year, $82.5 million deal with the Yankees in December, while Pettitte started and won the final game at the old Yankee Stadium on Sept. 21, 2008.
After the two exhibition games, the Yankees are scheduled to travel to Baltimore to open the regular season on April 6 against the Orioles, beginning the season with a nine-game road trip. Girardi has strongly hinted that left-hander CC Sabathia, the staff ace and owner of a new seven-year, $161 million contract, will make the Opening Day start.
The Yankees return to New York to play the first regular season game at the new Yankee Stadium on April 16, a 1:05 p.m. ET start against the Cleveland Indians.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.