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Thursday, September 14, 2006
Wang scratched from start because of wet weather

Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Yankees righty Chien-Ming Wang was scratched from Thursday night's start because of wet weather, and rookie Jeff Karstens was picked to pitch against Tampa Bay.

Wang is 17-5 with a 3.60 ERA, and one victory behind Minnesota's Johan Santana for the major league lead. Wang will instead start Friday night when the AL East leaders open a four-game series at home against Boston.

Karstens was told about 2½ hours before the scheduled start time that he would be pitching.

The Devil Rays and New York did not take batting practice Thursday because of drizzle. The forecast called for showers as the night went on and Yankees manager Joe Torre wanted to avoid a situation where Wang pitched some, then had to wait out a rain delay.

"I didn't want him that way," Torre said.

Torre made a couple of other adjustments to his original lineup because of the damp turf, pulling outfielders Johnny Damon and Bobby Abreu.