Wang, called up at the end of April to help fill the rotation spot vacated by injured right-hander Jaret Wright (shoulder), has been one of New York’s most consistent starters. The Taiwanese right-hander had yielded three runs or fewer in five of his first six big league outings before allowing seven runs— four earned—and seven hits over four innings in an 8-1 loss at St. Louis on June 10.
Rusch has provided a major boost to Chicago’s injury-plagued rotation, making the losses of Mark Prior (elbow) and Kerry Wood (shoulder) tolerable. The journeyman southpaw is tied for the team lead in wins with five, and boasts a staff-leading 2.57 ERA.
Rusch made 11 appearances out of the bullpen before joining the rotation in early May. He has gone 3-2 in eight starts, surrendering two earned runs or fewer in his first seven outings before yielding five runs and a season-high 11 hits over 5 2-3 innings in Sunday’s 8-1 loss to Boston.
Rusch hasn’t had any career success against the Yankees, going 0-6 with a 7.16 ERA in eight appearances, including seven starts.
Visiting Yankee Stadium for the first time since the 1938 World Series, the Cubs rallied from an early four-run deficit only to lose the series opener 9-6.
Hideki Matsui hit a go-ahead homer and drove in five runs for New York, which improved to 4-0 on its 13-game homestand.
The Cubs, who have lost four of their last five games, fell to 0-5 all-time in the Bronx, having been swept in the World Series in 1932 and ’38.