Chien-Ming Wang clocked at 85-87 mph in instructional league

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Chien-Ming Wang didn’t end up pitching for the Nationals after signing a one-year, $2 million deal that included various incentives, but he’s finally recovered enough from shoulder surgery to take the mound in an instructional league game today.
Wang faced four batters and Ben Goessling of MASNSports.com reports that his fastball was clocked at 85-87 miles per hour, which actually isn’t bad for a guy who hasn’t started a big-league game since July of 2009. Prior to going under the knife Wang averaged 91-92 mph with his fastball.
Because his one-year deal didn’t include a team option for next season Wang will soon be a free agent and Goessling reports that the Nationals “are waiting to see how he progresses through the fall” before deciding whether or not to pursue bringing him back in 2011.

Dodgers announce World Series rotation order

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We know Clayton Kershaw will oppose Dallas Keuchel in Game 1 of the World Series. We now know the rest of the Dodgers’ rotation order, per Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times. After Kershaw, it’ll be Rich Hill, then Yu Darvish, followed by Alex Wood.

No surprise, that’s the same order the Dodgers used in the NLCS against the Cubs. Dodger starters combined to post a 2.67 ERA with 31 strikeouts and four walks across 27 innings in the NLCS.

The Astros haven’t yet announced their rotation order, but we can safely assume Justin Verlander will follow Keuchel in Game 2.