Chicago (34-31) at New York (34-32)

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  • Game info: 3:05 pm EDT Sat Jun 18, 2005
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Rookie Chien-Ming Wang and veteran Glendon Rusch have filled similar roles for their respective teams this season.

The two will square off when the New York Yankees and Chicago Cubs resume their interleague series at Yankee Stadium.

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.

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Starting Pitchers

G. Rusch Col vs. C. Wang Atl
9-8 Record 8-5
4.52 ERA 4.02
111 K 47
53 BB 32
1.57 WHIP 1.25