NEW YORK — The
On Saturday, Orioles rookie left-hander
If they faced each other, it would be the first time two Taiwan natives started against each other in major league history.
"If I ever have a chance to pitch against him, it would be wonderful because I'd really want to pitch against him," Chen said through interpreter Tim Lin. "It would be really good competition between us. That is not my call right now, because it is about the manager. But there is still a long way to go. Like next year we may have a chance to pitch against each other."
The 32-year-old Wang is a legend in Taiwan. This is his seventh season in the majors and his second with the Nationals. He rose to prominence with the
"Chien-Ming Wang is a superstar in Taiwan and I barely know him, and he is a really good pitcher," said Chen, who is 7-2 with a 3.36 ERA in his rookie campaign. "I have never watched him for a whole year or a whole season. I have only watched him pitch a couple games in Taiwan for the national tournament."
So, Chen admits, he'll be excited to witness Sunday's Orioles-Nationals game. And a little piece of him will be conflicted.
"He is a Taiwanese superstar and I play for the Orioles. I want the Orioles to win, but I want Chien-Ming Wang to pitch good," Chen said laughing. "So it's a really hard decision for me."
The Orioles do not have a starter listed for Sunday, but manager
"I got to tell you, in all the things I consider about who is going to start when, that ain't one of them," Showalter said.
Moyer pitches Wednesday for Norfolk
When the Orioles signed the 49-year-old Moyer earlier this month, executive vice president Dan Duquette said he would get two to three starts and then be re-evaluated. That still seems to be the case heading into his third start.
"The word I heard was three starts and we'll see where we are," Showalter said. "I'm hoping and I expect he will pitch well tomorrow and I'm sure Dan will address it again."
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