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Wang, Chen each earn Major League victories

Taiwanese pitchers Chien-Ming Wang of the Washington Nationals and Wei-Yin Chen of the Baltimore Orioles both took wins in Major League Baseball Tuesday, marking the second time two Taiwan-native hurlers claimed victories in the same day in the U.S. Major Leagues.

Though stumbling, veteran Major Leaguer Wang bagged his first win as starter over the Toronto Blue Jays since recovering from injury. The win was his first starting win since last September.

Chen, playing his first season in the MLB, continued his consistent showings by toppling the Pittsburg Pirates with a six-plus-inning effort.

Asked to comment, Chen told Taiwanese reporters after Tuesday's game that he felt honored to be part of the meaningful and special day when two Taiwanese shined in the world's top baseball league on the same day.

"I felt very comfortable on the mound today," said Chen. He attributed his stable performance to Wang, saying that he may have shared the seasoned pitcher's luck.

The last time two Taiwanese pitchers took Major League wins in the same day occurred five years ago on June 13, 2007 between Wang, who was then a New York Yankees ace starter, and Hong-Chih Kuo, then with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

On that occasion Wang gave up one run in a seven-inning effort as the Yankees topped the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-1. On the same day, the lefty Kuo also allowed one run in a 4-1 win over the New York Mets, his only win of the season.

Kuo nailed his first home run in the Majors during his team's triumph over the Mets, which was also the first homer by any Taiwanese-born player in the MLB.

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