Yankees among teams with interest in Chien-Ming Wang

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Chien-Ming Wang back in pinstripes? Maybe.

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees and five other MLB teams are expressing interest in the free agent right-hander, who allowed just four hits over six scoreless innings Saturday as his Chinese Taipei team grabbed a 4-1 victory over Australia in Group B of the 2013 World Baseball Classic.

The Yankees were in attendance for that start.

Wang posted a hideous 6.68 ERA and 2.01 WHIP in 32 1/3 innings (five starts, five relief appearances) last season for the Nationals, but the 32-year-old was battling hip and hamstring issues. He registered a 4.04 ERA and 1.28 WHIP in 62 1/3 innings (11 starts) with the Nats in 2011.

The Yankees need starting rotation depth because Phil Hughes is having back problems.

Steven Matz homers in back-to-back starts

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Mets starter Steven Matz helped his own cause again, belting a solo home run in the top of the third inning of Tuesday’s game against the Phillies. Matz turned on a 1-1 breaking ball from Cy Young contender Aaron Nola, breaking a scoreless tie.

Matz also homered in his previous start against the Marlins last Thursday. According to MLB Stat of the Day, he is the third Mets pitcher to homer in back-to-back starts, joining Tom Seaver (1972) and Ron Darling (1989).

Matz is the fourth full-time pitcher to hit multiple home runs this season, joining the Reds’ Michael Lorenzen (four), and the Cardinals’ John Gant and Miles Mikolas (two each). The last Mets pitcher to hit multiple home runs in a season was Noah Syndergaard, who hit three in 2016.

Along with the bat, Matz has also been dealing on the mound. As of this writing, he has held the Phillies scoreless over five innings despite walking five batters and allowing two hits.