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Dodgers reliever Kuo to return to Taiwan for vacation

2010/10/20 22:23:44

Taipei, Oct. 20 (CNA) Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Kuo Hong-chih,who is coming off the finest season of his Major League Baseball(MLB) career, is scheduled to return to Taiwan Thursday, the ChineseTaipei Baseball Association (CTBA) has announced.

Kuo will arrive in Taipei Thursday and attend an internationalbaseball competition Saturday as a VIP, the CTBA said in a pressrelease.

He will throw the first pitch of the opening game between Taiwanand South Korea Saturday in the 2010 Intercontinental Cup baseballtournament, which will be played at the Taichung IntercontinentalBaseball Stadium in the central Taiwanese city of Taichung, accordingto the CTBA.

The lefthander finished the 2010 season with three wins, twolosses and 12 saves in 56 appearances and became the first Taiwaneseplayer to earn a spot in the MLB mid-season All-Star Game.

Kuo, who had four surgeries on his elbow, also broke the Dodgersfranchise record of the lowest ERA (earned run average), finishing theseason with an ERA of 1.20. He struck out 73 in 60 innings.

Kuo will enjoy a competition-free off season in Taiwan after theDodgers rejected the CPBL's request to include the 29-year-old in theTaiwan national team roster for the upcoming Asian Games, which willbe held in Guangzhou, China from Nov. 12-27.

(By Chris Wang)