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Spotlight to shine on Taiwan at Orioles home game on Saturday

WASHINGTON--Taiwan will be in the spotlight when the Baltimore Orioles host the Washington Nationals Saturday night, with Taiwanese pitcher Wei-Yin Chen scheduled to start and the country's representative to the United States, Jason Yuan, scheduled to throw out the first pitch.

Chen, who pitched seven scoreless innings against the Atlanta Braves in his last outing on June 17 to improve his record to 7-2, will start the second of the three-game interleague series between area rivals.

According to Yuan's office, Taiwan's representative to the U.S. will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Camden Yards at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, about 40 minutes before the start of the game.

The Kaohsiung native had his worst outing of the season when he faced the Nationals for the first time on May 20, giving up six earned runs in 4 1/3 innings, and he'll hope to do better on Saturday in front of a partisan crowd.

Several overseas Chinese groups in Washington said they plan to travel to Baltimore to cheer for Chen, who was recently dubbed “Chen-sational” by his teammate Adam Jones after the June 17 victory.

The 26-year-old left-hander, who pitched professionally in Japan before signing with the Orioles in the offseason, has an ERA of 3.36, and has allowed a respectable 1.29 walks and hits per inning pitched in his 13 appearances this season.

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