Call Him Ace

"I kept waiting for a ball to be hit to me and finally in the (eighth) inning I got one," Johnny Damon said. "It was a pretty easy day for me."

Pitching coach Ron Guidry believes Wang, who also improved to 10-2 at the Stadium this season, "has just as good a chance (to win the award) as anyone with what he's done."

_ New York Daily News 08/31/2006

Wang might not win the American League Cy Young award, but with his record, his 3.66 earned run average and his team-leading 187 innings pitched, he is in the conversation. It is quite a leap for a pitcher in his first full major league season.

“I knew he was good, but how good, you don’t know,” Guidry said. “But when you’ve got a guy that’s capable of pitching like he has with the stuff that he has, with a team like he has, he can be pretty deadly.”

“I still think a major reason he’s had success is because he’s got Randy to look up to, and Moose, and of course Mariano,” Torre said. “He’s doing all the big-game stuff, but it’s still not fair for us to say it’s automatic.”

_ The New York Times 08/31/2006

Wang (16-5) might end up being the Cy Young Award winner. He's tied for the major-league lead in wins with Toronto's Roy Halladay. The 26-year-old won for the eighth time in nine decisions and improved to 10-2 at Yankee Stadium. He lowered his ERA to 3.66, within the top 10 league leaders.

"I try to get a win. I never look at the stats. I just pitch. I never think of that."

_ New York Post 08/31/2006