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Wang pitches five innings in rehab start at Single-A

TAMPA, Fla. -- Yankees right-hander Chien-Ming Wang allowed
three runs and five hits over five innings in a rehab start for
Class-A Tampa on Thursday night.

It was Wang's second outing since he hurt his right hamstring
while running on March 23. The 19-game winner is expected to rejoin
the Yankees' rotation for his first start of the season Tuesday at
Tampa Bay.

"He's ready to go," Yankees vice president Billy Connors said.
"The main thing at this time is the pitch count and he got to 74,
then he went down to the bullpen and threw an extra 15. He's fine.
He's throwing all his pitches. He's got them all going for him."

Pitching against Fort Myers, Wang struck out four and walked
one. He threw 47 strikes.

Wang cruised through two innings before struggling in Fort
Myers' three-run third. He threw 26 pitches during the inning, when
the Miracle had three straight hits after a two-out walk.

"He got the ball up and the guy hit over the center fielder's
head," Connors said. "That thing happens. Kids, they don't even
know who he is. They just swing the bats and he just happen to hit
a few bats."

Wang responded in the fourth with a 10-pitch fourth that
included a broken-bat bloop single.

The right-hander didn't allow a hit over five scoreless innings
in an extended spring training game last Saturday.

Injured Yankees left fielder Hideki Matsui worked out with Tampa
in preparation for rehab games with the Florida State League team
Friday and Saturday. Matsui, on the disabled list since April 8
with a strained left hamstring, expects to rejoin the Yankees when
eligible to come off the DL Monday.

"Yes, that's the plan," Matsui said through an interpreter.

Matsui was hurt running out a grounder on April 7. He ran the
bases, took fly balls and hit eight homers on 49 swings in batting
practice Thursday.

When asked if the hamstring was 100 percent, Matsui said "I
think it's very close."