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Ex-Major League pitcher joins Brother Elephants

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Former U.S. Major League pitcher Tsao Chin-hui formally joined Taiwan's Brother Elephants professional baseball team yesterday at a news conference held in Taipei.

Tsao, 28, who played with the Colorado Rockies in 2000 as a rookie before going on to pitch for the L.A. Dodgers in 2007 and for the Kansas City Royals in 2008, said at the news conference that he is “ready and can pitch at any time.”

Born in the eastern county of Hualien to the aboriginal Amis tribe, Tsao demonstrated his talent at a very early age and was recruited at the age of 15 by a vocational high school in Kaohsiung County, southern Taiwan to be the school team's leading pitcher.

Tsao put his name on the map during a national high school baseball competition in 1999, with pitches of up to 152kph.

Before he joined the Rockies in 2000, he also pitched for the ERA FALA Taiwanese professional baseball team.

Welcoming Tsao to the Brother Elephants, general manager Hung Jui-he exhorted him to achieve at least 20 wins this year to give the Brother Elephants the CPBL championship.

According to Hung, Tsao will be paid a monthly salary of NT$350,000 (US$10,447.76) .

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