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Wang two-hits Devil Rays for first career shutout

NEW YORK (AP) -- Yankees manager Joe Torre called Chien-Ming Wang's game a jewel. Devil Rays skipper Joe Maddon compared the
Yankees starter with one of the top pitchers in the American
League.

Wang's second career complete game certainly ended a lot better
than his first one.

Wang shut down Tampa Bay for the second time this month,
pitching a two-hitter for his first career shutout to lead New York
to a 6-0 win Friday night.

"This was a game tonight that I really don't care who we were
playing, the way this kid was pitching tonight it would've been
tough to beat him," Torre said. "This was a jewel."

Wang (12-4) struck out one and walked two to win his fourth
straight start and earn his second career complete game. The
sinkerball pitcher recorded 18 outs on grounders.

"I almost saw Halladay out there," said Maddon, referring to
Roy Halladay, the AL Cy Young Award winner with the Blue Jays in
2003. "A real heavy sinker. Just pounds the strike zone. The
velocity on his sinker is really abnormal."

Wang limited the Devil Rays to one run and six hits in 8 1/3
innings in a 5-1 win at Tampa Bay on July 8. He lost the first
complete game of his career when Ryan Zimmerman hit a game-winning
two-run homer off him to give the Nationals a 3-2 win on June 18.

He had no problems in the ninth this time, retiring the Devil
Rays in order.

"I felt really comfortable with where [catcher Jorge] Posada
set up," Wang said.

The Devil Rays have lost 10 straight road games since they beat
Washington 11-1 on June 30.

Bernie Williams homered, Derek Jeter had three hits and Alex
Rodriguez reached base three times for the Yankees, who have won
four straight and five of six to improve to a season-high 20 games
over .500 (60-40).

Wang set down the first 12 hitters he faced before Ty Wigginton
led off the fifth with a single into center field. The right-hander
responded by retiring the next three batters to get out of the
inning unscathed.

Wigginton reached second on Jorge Cantu's groundout but was
stranded there when Greg Norton bounced out to shortstop.

"He was just pounding the strike zone with that sinker,"
Wigginton said. "The ball would take a right hand turn. I'd say he
had no-hitter stuff tonight."

Julio Lugo singled off second baseman Miguel Cairo's glove with
two outs in the sixth for Tampa Bay's other hit. He stole second
and went to third when Wang threw a wild pitch on ball four to Carl
Crawford. Rocco Baldelli then flied out to center to end the
inning.

The Yankees had no problems with Devil Rays starter Tim Corcoran
(4-2), who struggled with his control. Rodriguez hit a two-out RBI
single in the first and Jeter slashed a two-run single into right
field in the second to make it 3-0.

Corcoran made a nice play on Johnny Damon's liner leading off
the fourth but fell apart after that. Jeter doubled to left and
Corcoran walked three straight batters to force in a run before he
was pulled for Chad Harville.

Jeter also singled in the fifth and is 15-for-29 (.517) in his
last seven games.

"You just want to be comfortable. I don't really think about it
too much," Jeter said of his hot streak. "My job is to get on
base, move guys, things like that so that's pretty much all I'm
trying to do."

Corcoran allowed five runs and seven hits with a career-high six
walks.

Harville got Williams to fly out after coming in for Corcoran,
but then walked Andy Phillips to force in another run.

Williams hit a drive to center field off Harville in the sixth
for his eighth homer of the season.

Game notes
Devil Rays manager Joe Maddon said LHP Scott Kazmir could
be bumped back again from his scheduled start on Tuesday. He was
slated to start Friday's game against the Yankees but was pushed
back because of shoulder soreness. ... Yankees RHP Kyle Farnsworth
said before the game he was available to pitch against the Devil
Rays. His back stiffened while he warming up Wednesday night at
Texas. ... Yankees RF Gary Sheffield is scheduled to see a doctor
on Monday about his injured left wrist. He had his cast removed
last week and could find out when he's allowed to swing a bat again
when he speaks with the doctor. ... Yankees 2B Robinson Cano said
his injured left hamstring felt good after running the bases.