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Taiwan's Chen to face former Japanese teammate in second MLB outing

2012/04/16 20:11:07

Taipei, April 16 (CNA) Taiwanese pitcher Wei-Yin Chen will likely face a former teammate from Japan in his second major league start for the Baltimore Orioles against the White Sox in Chicago Tuesday.

The left-hander, who made his debut against the New York Yankees on April 10 and finished with a no-decision, is expected to face Japanese right fielder Kosuke Fukudome, who played for the Chunichi Dragons in Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball league with Chen.

Fukudome has gotten off to a slow start this year, hitting just .222 with no-extra base hits, but the White Sox lineup remains dangerous, with first baseman Paul Konerko (.387 average, 1 home run, 7 RBIs) and catcher A.J. Pierzynski (.292 average, 2 homers, 8 RBIs) both starting off well.

In his bid for his first win as an Oriole, the 26-year-old Chen will be going against Chicago's John Danks, who is 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA.

The 5-3 White Sox are currently second in the American League Central Division, while the 5-4 Orioles are tied for first in the East with the Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays.

Chen, who signed a three-year contract with the Orioles after serving as one of the Dragons' aces for four years in Japan, pitched well in his major league debut against the Yankees, giving up two earned runs in 5 2/3 innings and striking out six.

(By Hsiao Pao-hsiang and Kendra Lin)