Taipei, April 4 (CNA) Former MLB star Manny Ramirez hit his first home-run Thursday since he joined the EDA Rhinos in March, and the homer was also the 7,000th of Taiwan's Chinese Professional Baseball League, currently in its 24th season.
The 40-year-old designated hitter knocked the two-run homer off Kao Chien-san of the Uni-President Lions in the first half of the seventh inning to help his team close the deficit to 8-6. Ramirez was 3-for-4 with a walk and improved his hitting average to .318.
But the hot-hitting Ramirez alone was not enough to help the team come from behind. The Rhinos lost the game 10-7.
Ramirez, who began playing in the major league with the Cleveland Indians in late 1993, slugged 555 home runs in the majors, ranking 14th all-time, and hit .312 for his career.
Ramirez's first home-run in Taiwan was listed as the 7000th in the CPBL since it was founded in 1989. The league's first home-run was recorded on March 17, 1990, by the Lions' Wang Chun-liang.
Meanwhile, the game between the Rhinos and the Lions attracted a capacity crowd of 12,000, a record high for a CPBL regular game at the Tainan Municipal Baseball Stadium.
(By Lee Yu-cheng, Yang Sz-ruei and Jamie Wang)