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Taiwan's Wei-Yin Chen not included in MLB All-Star

2012/07/03 17:46:45

Washington D.C., July 2 (CNA) Taiwanese pitcher Wei-Yin Chen of the Baltimore Orioles has not been listed on the American League's roster for the upcoming All-Star game despite some suggestions he had an outside shot of making the team.

The left-handed Chen, who started his rookie major league season well, has lost his last two decisions and has a record of 7-4 with a 3.73 ERA after 15 starts. He has allowed 38 earned runs and 91 hits in 91 2/3 innings pitched.

A blog entry on the Baltimore Sun's website after Chen's seventh win on June 17 said that because Chen is a rookie, he would have had to "take the league by storm" to be included in the All-Star roster, which was announced by Major League Baseball on Sunday.

Though Chen has generally performed well for the Orioles, his numbers are not quite as impressive as other left-handed starters included on the American League's All-Star roster.

David Price of the Tampa Bay Rays has an 11-4 record and 2.92 ERA, Chris Sale of the Chicago White Sox has a 9-2 record and 2.27 ERA, and the injured C.C. Sabathia of the New York Yankees is currently 9-3 with a 3.45 ERA.

A number of right-handed starters who are still in the hunt for the final roster spot, to be determined by a fan vote, also have the edge on Chen.

Among them are Orioles starter Jason Hammel, who has an 8-4 record and a 3.43 ERA, and the Texas Rangers' Yu Darvish, a Japanese player who like Chen is also in his rookie major league season and has a 10-5 record and 3.59 ERA.

This year's All-Star game is scheduled for July 10 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.

Pitcher Hong-chih Kuo, who was out of baseball recently before signing a minor league deal with the Chicago Cubs, is the only Taiwanese player to have ever made an All-Star team.

He pitched 2/3 of an inning in the 2010 game, giving up one unearned run.

(By Tony Liao and Jamie Wang)