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Wang to return to lineup

BASEBALL Wang Chien-ming was out of action with a strain and inflammation in his right shoulder, but he's set to start in today's game against the Devil Rays

AP , NEW YORK

Rookie right-hander Wang Chien-ming (王建民) of Taiwan was activated from the 15-day disabled list by the New York Yankees on Tuesday and will start today against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

Wang became a valuable member of the Yankees' injury-plagued rotation during the first half of the season. The Taiwanese pitcher went 6-3 with a 3.89 ERA in 13 games, including 12 starts, then landed on the disabled list himself in July with a strain and inflammation in his shoulder.

"He's got a great deal of confidence," manager Joe Torre said.

Wang said he is throwing without pain and with his normal velocity. He added that he won't need surgery after the season.

"It feels better, feels good," Wang said.

Devil Rays 4, YANKEES 3

Second baseman Robinson Cano's error in the ninth inning allowed the go-ahead run to score, and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays won the season series against the Yankees for the first time, beating New York 4-3 on Tuesday.

The Devil Rays are 10-4 against the Yankees in 2005 after beginning the season 31-80 against New York since entering the major leagues in 1998.

Jonny Gomes had two hits, scored a run and made a pair of strong throws in the sixth inning, helping keep the Devil Rays' deficit to a run.

The Yankees couldn't hold a three-run lead with Randy Johnson on the mound and lost the opener of a six-game homestand. New York fell four games behind the American League East-leading Boston, which opens a three-game series at Yankee Stadium on Friday.

Derek Jeter scored a run and drove in another for the Yankees.

Pinch-hitter Aubrey Huff singled off Mariano Rivera (6-4) with one out in the ninth, and pinch-runner Joey Gathright stole second. Julio Lugo hit a grounder behind second, which Cano allowed to go between his legs.

Chad Orvella (3-2) won in relief, and Danys Baez got the final three outs for his 34th save.

Red Sox 3, Angels 2

At Boston, David Ortiz hit a game-winning homer in the bottom of the ninth, and Tim Wakefield pitched his second complete game for the Red Sox.

Wakefield (15-10) allowed two runs and eight hits and walked three, two intentionally. He struck out seven for Boston's fourth complete game of the season and second in three games.

The Red Sox led 2-0 before the Angels tied it with runs in the sixth and seventh. Both teams squandered chances to take the lead until Ortiz connected off Scot Shields (8-11), who started the ninth by striking out Edgar Renteria.

Pinch-runner Eric Bruntlett stole two bases, then scored the decisive run on Jason Lane's single in the ninth inning to send the National League wild-card leading Houston Astros past the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1.

The Astros moved 1 1/2 games ahead of Philadelphia in the wild-card race with their 11th consecutive win over the Phillies.

Bruntlett's daring dashes made a winner of Roy Oswalt (17-11), who struck out eight, allowed six hits and one earned run in eight innings. Brad Lidge worked the ninth for his 34th save.

With one out in the ninth, Lance Berkman was walked by Billy Wagner (4-2) before Bruntlett came on.

Philadelphia's run came on Ryan Howard's fifth-inning homer. Craig Biggio homered in the first for Houston.

Cubs 5, Cardinals 2

At St. Louis, Chicago's Glendon Rusch was perfect for six innings and pitched into the eighth.

Derrek Lee hit his 40th homer on his 30th birthday and drove in two runs for the Cubs, who knocked out Matt Morris in the fifth and won for the fourth time in five games.

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