Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen's debut an international event

The Baltimore Sun

Tonight's Orioles-Yankees game will go global.

About 1 million to 2 million viewers are expected to watch Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen's major league debut tonight in Chen's home country of Taiwan.

They will watch the game on network TV over breakfast. It's a 12-hour time difference between Baltimore and Taiwan, so Chen's first pitch will be at 7:05 Wednesday morning.

About a dozen reporters from Taiwanese media outlets -- both TV stations and newspapers -- are also here to cover the event.

Chen, the first Taiwanese player to play for the Orioles, is also just the fifth player from his home country to pitch in the big leagues.

The Yankees are a very popular team in Taiwan, coming to prominance there when Taiwanese-born right-hander Chien-Ming Wang pitched with the Yankees and had back-to-back 19-win seasons in New York. Also, Yankees players Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson were part of a MLB all-star team that played in Taiwan in November.

If Chen pitches well, the Orioles might follow suit and become a national favorite as well.

(Pictured: A story from Monday's China Times on Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen, which included a picture of Sunday's Baltimore Sun story on Chen)

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