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Overall in 2006, Wang limited batters to a .211 batting average while games were tied, and a .205 batting average in games that were late and close. The Tampa Bay Devil Rays batted just .159 against him, losing three out of four games to the Yankees that Wang pitched. Wang was effective despite the lowest strikeout rate in the majors (3.14 strikeouts per nine innings and 76 strikeouts overall) , thanks in part to his allowing the fewest home runs per nine innings (0.5). Wang also led the league in ground ball percentage (62.8%) and allowed 2.84 groundouts for every fly ball out.
At the end of the season, Wang finished second to Santana in voting for the Cy Young award. Wang collected 15 second-place votes, and 51 points. He also received a ninth-place vote, good for two points, in the AL MVP balloting, won by Justin Morneau. In MLB.com's This Year in Baseball Awards, he was chosen as the top starter in 2006 season with more than 47% of the fan vote.
Wang began the 2007 season on the disabled list, having injured his right hamstring during spring training. He is expected back in late April.
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