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Wang pitches Washington to victory on return from injury

Taiwan-born MLB pitcher Chien-Ming Wang made a winning return from injuries as the Washington Nationals beat the Atlanta Braves 7-4 Friday.

Wang, who was reinstated from the disabled list on Tuesday, entered the game in Atlanta to replace Ross Detwiler in the fifth inning.

Wang gave up one run in three innings to earn the win in his season debut.

Wang's strong showing was in stark contrast to Detwiler. The pitcher allowed five hits and three runs while striking out five and walking four over 4-1/3 innings.

“I was a little disappointed in Detwiler that he didn't take charge and go after them,” said Nationals coach Davey Johnson.

But Johnson did not say whether he would definitely change the rotation to place Wang in the starter lineup.

Wang said he was excited to be able to return, having been sidelined for weeks after injuring his ankle in a pre-season game.

It was also his first MLB game since admitting publicly last month that he had ended an extramarital affair.

His wife and son were at the game to support the pitcher — the first time the couple was seen together in public since Wang's confession.

The win against the Braves took Wang's career wins to 60 and extended the Braves' losing streak to five games this season.

Wang's career has been hampered by injuries in recent years. He was released by the New York Yankees before joining the Nationals.

The Friday game was broadcast live in Taiwan early yesterday morning. Many local baseball fans stayed up late to watch the game, eager to see Wang's return.

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Washington Nationals starting pitcher Chien-Ming Wang #40 pitches against the Atlanta Braves in the fifth inning of a baseball game in Atlanta, Friday, May 25. (AP)

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