Chien-Ming Wang set for debut, armed with signature sinker

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Worried glances shot around 26 Taiwanese fans, unaware the game was canceled. One couple flew from Orlando, Fla., to see Wang pitch. Another waved a red, blue and white Taiwanese flag.

They clustered next to a rusted chain link fence, in No. 40 Yankees jerseys and Nationals hats so new the bills remained straight, with cameras and smiles snapping every time Wang moved. With two Taiwanese television crews filming, Wang ambled over and signed gloves and hats and pictures protected by cellophane sleeves.

The autographs finished. A cheer followed Wang as he walked away, interpreter in tow. One cameraman set down his equipment and lit a cigarette.

The storm was gone. The wait was over.

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