Kissimmee, Fla—Chien-Ming Wang made his return on Monday, oddly enough, against the same team in which he was lost for last season, injuring himself while running the bases on June 25 in Houston.
This time around, Wang threw two scoreless innings, only giving up two hits to the Astros. With the DH in place, he didn't have to run the bases, though I doubt the Yankees would have let that happen anyways.
The Yankees scored the first five runs, only to give up five straight to the Astros, and that is where it would stay, a 5-5 tie.
The Yankees jumped out to an early lead on Astros starter Mike Hampton, scoring three runs in the first inning and one in the second.
Former Kansas City Royal Angel Berroa knocked a leadoff double in the second and then scored on an RBI single off the bat of Melky Cabrera.
Berroa flashed his power later in the game, hitting a solo shot off of the arm of Russ Ortiz in the fourth.
The Astros are now 1-4-1 and the Yankees, winless in their last four, are now 2-3-1.
Up next for the Yankees is a home game against Team USA as they gear up for the World Baseball Classic.
However, it will look odd as Derek Jeter suits up with the red, white and blue rather then the usual pinstripes.
It will be interesting to see if he runs the right direction after he bats and fields in the first inning, going towards the visiting dugout, rather then the home dugout.