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Manny Ramirez Leaves the EDA Rhinos


Manny Ramirez is leaving Taiwan.

Ramirez was playing for the EDA Rhinos of the Chinese Professional Baseball League or CPBL, but he has been taken off the active roster. He is leaving the country today, and the word is the reasson why he is leaving is because he misses his family.

The Rhinos had upped Manny’s monthly salary to $60,000 and were reportedly letting he and an uncle stay in the presidential suite of the Crown Hotel in Kaohsiung. But family has trumped his desire to stay in Taiwan. His contract ran only through the end of June, but he told the team he wished to leave a little early.

But he hasn’t retired.

So far there is no new contract for Manny. Not in Japan or the USA. He would love to get back to the MLB, but the jump in caliber of play from the CPBL to MLB is quite big.

So the Manny experiment in Taiwan is over. How did he do? He did pretty good for the CPBL.

Ramirez hit .352 in 49 games which ranked him third in the league. His 8 home runs were second in the league. The Rhinos are tied for first place right now as Manny leaves, and it remains to be scene how his absence in the middle of that lineup will effect their play.

Manny Ramirez’s CPBL Stats:

G PA RBI R H 2B 3B HR BB SO OBP AVG SLG
49 206 43 24 64 13 0 8 23 21 0.422 0.352 0.555

 

It remains to be seen if a MLB team will take a chance on Manny or if he is done for good. What do you think? Do you want your favorite team to take a chance with Manny Ramirez?

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Manny Ramirez Makes His Debut in Taiwan with the EDA Rhinos


Back in January we told out that the Sinon Bulls were no more. Instead a company called E-United Group bought the franchise, renamed it the EDA Rhinos, and moved the club to Kaohsiung.

But that wasn’t the biggest splash the Rhinos have made so far. About a month ago, we reported that the Rhinos have signed Manny RamirezOn Wednesday night in Taiwan, Manny got his first action in the Chinese Professional Baseball League as a member of the EDA Rhinos.

Ramirez batted clean-up and went 2-for-6 in a 9-8, 12-inning loss to the Brother Elephants. But in the end the score wasn’t what really mattered.

The team set the attendance record with 20,000 fans showing up. I am not sure if this was just for this stadium or for the CPBL, but the former record was in 2004 with 18,342.

Manny’s two hits were both singles, but they differed greatly. In his second at-bat in the bottom of the second inning, Manny lined a breaking ball over the third baseman into left field for a single. That was his first hit for the Rhinos and after the play the ball was taken out of play.

Manny came back up in the bottom of the fourth inning with two outs and nobody on. This time he took a fastball the other way lining a single to right field. Video of both hits are below.

In his other at-bats Manny struck out, flew out to left field, and grounded out twice.

But it didn’t matter. Fans were out in force to support the biggest player ever to hit the island and play in the CPBL. Signs were made, fake dreads were worn, and there was even a case of mistaken identity by one fan who had a picture of Johnny Cueto and his dreads on a poster.

Manny  Ramirez Taiwan EDA Rhinos

 

EDA Rhinos Manny  Ramirez Taiwan

This is a big step for the CPBL. It is a small league of only four teams, but it is highly competitive often including former MLB players on the teams. Taiwan is also having a sort of reinvention of baseball on the island.

The island just hosted the first round of the World Baseball Classic where it saw its hometown team Chinese Taipei advance to the second round. It also saw the biggest crowd for a baseball game in its history when 23,431 fans showed up to watch Korea take on Chinese Taipei.

The league has had its share of hard times and scandals, but now it is on the international stage with a huge star like Manny Ramirez playing. I know they want to show pride in their team and country and put on a good display of baseball, which I think they will. No matter what happens with Manny we know it’s going to be an interesting ride.

Manny’s first hit.

Manny’s second hit.

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Chinese Taipei: CPBL Season Kicks off with a Lamigo Monkeys Win


After a nice run in the World Baseball Classic by the Chinese Taipei team, the Chinese Professional Baseball League kicked off on Saturday with a rematch of the 2012 championship series.

In front of nearly 18,000 fans, the Lamigo Monkeys held off a late comeback by the Uni-President Lions 10-8 at Taoyuan International Baseball Stadium. The hitters dominated the the pitchers from the get go.

The Lions jumped out in the first inning with a run, but the lead didn’t last long. The Monkeys came back in the bottom of the second with an RBI double from Yu The-long and a RBI single fromTsan Chih-yao. Both came off Lions starter Pan Wei-luen.

Chen Guan-ren singled to lead off the third for Lamigo and came around to score on a Lin Chih-sheng RBI double giving the Monkeys a 3-1 lead. But as the early see-saw battle went, the Lions came back with a run of its own to cut the lead to 3-2.

The primates struck again in the bottom of the fifth. This time it was off the bat of Lin Hong-yu who hit a two-run home run off of Lion’s starter Pan.

The story of the game seemed to be the repeated Lions comebacks. However, after leading 1-0 they were never able to take the lead again. And in the top of the seventh they staged another rally.

A Chen Yung-chi triple cut the lead to one as the Lions scored twice in the top of the seventh. But just as the Lions would pull to within striking distance, the Monkeys would score again.

This time it was off the bat of Chen Chin-fong who blasted a two-run home run off of Lions reliever Lee Fong-hua pushing the lead to three. Three more runs in the bottom of the eighth put the game out of reach and the Monkeys’ lead to 10-4.

The Lions once again tried to make a comeback, but as they did all game long fell short again. Monkeys’ closer Hsu Ming-jeh gave up four runs before giving way to rookie reliever Tseng-Tsong-hsuan. Tseng came in and struck out two of the three hitters he faced to end the rally and the game.

Monkeys starter, and former Long Island Duck, Mike Loree picked up the win tossing 6.1 innings giving up four runs on eight hits. Loree spend the 2012 season with Long Island after spending a few years in the San Francisco Giants minor league system.

Pan Wei-luen took the loss for the Lions giving up five runs in five innings.

CPBL Standings:

1. Lamigo Monkeys 1-0

2. Brother Elephants 0-0

3. EDA Rhinos 0-0

4. Uni-President Lions 0-1

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Taiwan: Sinon Bulls are No More; New Team Named EDA Rhinos


The Sinon Bulls of the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL) are no more.

Last month the E-United Group purchased the franchise from the Sinon Corporation for NT$130 million. The new club called EDA Rhinos (pronounced ‘ee-da’) will head south to the port city of Kaohsiung. The Bulls were located in Taichung City.

They will still schedule a portion of their games in Taichung, but their home stadium will now be Kaohsiung City’s Cheng Ching Lake Stadium.

The franchise has won 2 titles under the Bulls name in 2004 and 2005.

The Rhinos will be apart of the 4 team circuit joining the Brother Elephants, Lamigo Monkeys, and the Uni-President Lions.

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Taiwan: Lamigo Monkeys off to Hot Start


The 2012 CPBL (Chinese Professional Baseball League) kicked off this past weekend all over Taiwan.

The opening series pitted the Brother Elephants against the Uni-President Lions while the Lamigo Monkeys took on the Sinon Bulls.

Uni-President Lions 3,  Brother Elephants 5
Uni-President Lions 6,  Brother Elephants 2
Uni-President Lions 3,  Brother Elephants 4 (10)

In front of a capacity crowed at Taipei City’s Tienmu Stadium, the Brother Elephants took down the Lions 5-3 to open the season. Rookie pitcher Lin Yu-Ching lasted 5 innings giving up only a single run to earn the victory. American Ryan Cullen picked up the save in relief.

The Lions bounced back in game 2 of the series winning by a score of 6-2 behind Japanese pitcher Kamada Yuya who went 6.2 scoreless innings giving up only 6 hits while striking out 8.

After taking Monday and Tuesday off, the two were back at it on Wednesday to finish off the series with the Elephants taking the series winning 4-3 in 10 innings. The Lions took a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the 6th when the Elephants got a run to cut the lead in half. They tied it in the last half of the 8th pushing the game into extra frames.

In the 10th, the Lions started it off by scoring a run to take a 3-2 lead, but it wouldn’t last long. The Elephants came right back with 2 of their own in the 10th to take the game and the series 2-games-to-1.

Lamigo Monkeys 4, Sinon Bulls 2
Lamigo Monkeys 13, Sinon Bulls 3
Lamigo Monkeys 5, Sinon Bulls 0

The Lamigo Monkeys got off to a good start to the season sweeping a 3 game set with the Sinon Bulls. American Ken Ray picked up his first win of the season in game 1 pitching into the 6th allowing only 1 run. Second baseman  Kuo Yen-Wen blasted a 3-run home run that proved enough for the Monkeys to take the win on opening day.

The Monkeys’ bats really woke up in game 2 blasting the Bulls pitching for 13 runs. Lamigo scored 2 in the first and that was just the beginning. They added 4 more in the 3rd and another pair of runs in the 4th to jump out to an early 8-0 lead after just 4 innings.

American hurler Lenny DiNardo picked up the win in game 2 pitching 6 scoreless innings while striking out 3.  DiNardo has pitched in parts of 6 seasons in the Major Leagues and also pitched for Italy in the 2009 World Baseball Classic.

The Uni-President Lions, the 2011 Champion, look to get back on track this weekend against the winless Sinon Bulls while the Monkeys look to stay unbeaten against the Brother Elephants.

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Chinese Professional Baseball League Standings


Heading into September, the playoff race is heating up in Taiwan.

The Sinon Bulls won the first half and are currently sitting in 2nd place for the 2nd half 1.5 games back. The Brother Elephants are currently leading the 2nd half, but the final two playoff spots are still up for grabs.

The winners of each half plus a wildcard team based on overall season winning percentage will make the playoffs. If a team wins both halves, a second wildcard team will be added based on overall season standings.

Stay tuned for updates as the final month of the season progresses.

CPBL 2nd Half STANDINGS:

Team Won Lost Tied
Brother Elephants 22 16 00
Sinon Bulls 19 16 01
Uni-President 7-Eleven Lions 17 21 01
La New Bears 17 22 00

 

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Japanese Pleads Guilty In CPBL Scandal


TAIWAN – Former Brother Elephants skipper Shin Nakagomi pleaded guilty earlier this week to a match-fixing scandal that rocked the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL) shortly after the 2009 season. The Japanese native could face an 18-month prison sentence if convicted.

Nakagomi, 40, pleaded guilty to the Banciao District Court in Taipei County to five counts of game-fixing which occured in 2008 and 2009. The latest in a series of matching-fixing scandals plaguing Taiwan’s professional circuit implicated some of the league’s most prominent baseball players.

A former Japanese League pitcher who finished his career with the Brother franchise, Nakagomi also faces stiff penalties from the CPBL and two league clubs, the Uni-President Lions and the Sinon Bulls, who are seeking a combined NT$370 million (about $11.5 million) in compensation from those convicted of working with local gangsters to manipulate the outcome of baseball games on the baseball-loving island nation.

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Brother Elephants Release Tracy Thorpe


TAIWAN – The Brother Elephants of the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL) has released American pitcher Tracy Thorpe reports Pro Baseball Taiwan. Thorpe (0-2) appeared in seven games out of the bullpen and finished with a 2.33 WHIP.

Carlos Castillo, who is currently on the Elephants minor league roster, is the leading candidate to replace Thorpe in the bullpen.

TEAMS ADD AMERICAN PITCHERS
The Sinon Bulls have added American pitcher Lindsay Gulin, who beat the La New Bears 2-1 in his CPBL debut Sunday in Kaohsiung, while the Bears have signed left-hander Luis Villarreal.

AMERICAN COACHES ASSISTING CLUBS
A trio of Americans – Glenn Steele, Tony Torchia and Billy Champion – are assisting CPBL teams during the 2010 season.

Steele is the strength and conditioning coach for the La New Bears, while Torchia and Champion are the hitting and pitching coach, respectively, for the Uni-President Lions.

CPBL STANDINGS:
1-Sinon (7-3-1) 2-Brother (5-6-1) 3-La New (4-5-2) 4-Uni-President (5-7-0)

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Taiwan Fans Upset With Dodgers


TAIWAN – Uni-Presidet Lions hurler Wei-Lun Pan will be one of the starting pitchers the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL) All-Stars trot out against the Los Angeles Dodgers when the MLB Taiwan Series begins this weekend, according  to the Taiwan Baseball website. The remaining two starting assignments are still undetermined.

The Dodgers will play three exhibition games against a squad of CPBL All-Stars on March 12 and 13 in Taipei, and on March 14 in Kaohsiung.

Taiwanese baseball fans have begun requesting refunds from local organizers after the Dodgers announced last week that only three starters would be making the trip. Disgruntled fans have even started a Facebook page to demand their money back.

Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin will sing the Republic of China national anthem along with baseball players from four elementary schools at the opening of two exhibition games in Taipei.

A teammate of Pan, right-hander Yi-Chen Chen, touched 93 mph Saturday during his start against the La New Bears. The two Taiwanese hurlers will join former Major Leaguer Luther Hackman to form a starting rotation that could propel the Uni-President club to a third consecutive CPBL championship.

Photo courtesy of Uni-President Lions

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CPBL Game-Fixing Probe


TAIWAN – Taiwan authorities indicted 24 people Wednesday on charges of fraud and game-fixing. Among the individuals charged was La New Bears pitcher Chang Chi-chia. The 29-year-old was once a member of Japanese club Seibu Lions.

Chang had allegedly been convinced by the “Windshield Wipers” criminal gang to throw games by accepting bribes in the form of cash and luxury cars.

Another defendant was former Hanshin Tigers pitcher Shin Nakagomi, who was the coach of the Brother Elephants. He was arrested in November after prosecutors got wind of his plan to flee the country.

Media outlets in Taiwan reported that players, gangsters and a local councilor were charged in the latest match-fixing scandal to rock the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL).

Prosecutors are recommending prison terms of two years for Chang and one and a half years for Nakagomi. Both have been fired from their CPBL clubs following the evidence of their involvement in the game-fixing probe.

Prosecutors demanded a nine-year jail term for Wu Chien-pao, a Taoyuan County councilor. They also sought jail terms of four to six years for the gangsters who ran the game-fixing.

Taiwanese prosecutors allege that players colluded with the gambling syndicate to win or lose games by specific margins. Players were compensated for their cooperation while fans who had bet on games were guaranteed to lose.

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CPBL Draft: Elephants Pick Former MVP


TAIWAN – Former Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL) Rookie of the Year and MVP Lin En-yu was chosen as the top pick in this year’s CPBL Player Draft by the Brother Elephants. The right-hander played for the Rakuten Golden Eagles in Japan the past three seasons.

A total of 51 players were chosen during the draft with all four league clubs selecting a pitcher in the opening round.

Lin (pictured) throws an array of different pitches and features a fastball that reaches 94 mph. He has been a frequent member of the Chinese Taipei national baseball team since 2003, but has been plagued by injuries and subpar performances during his stint in Japan.

The Sinon Bulls snatched 18-year-old pitching sensation Chang Keng-hao of Nan Ying Vocational High School with the second pick. Chang will attempt to jump directly from high school baseball to the Taiwanese professional baseball ranks.

La New took former ABL hurler Lee Chu-kwan with the third selection while two-time reigning CPBL champion Uni-President Lions grabbed Tsai Ching-hao with its top pick.

2010 CPBL PLAYER DRAFT

Round 1:
1. En-Yu Lin, Elephants
2. Keng-Hao Chang, Bulls
3. Chu-Kuan Lee, Bears
4. Ching-Hao Tsai, Lions

Round 2:
1. Chi-Hao Chang, Elephants
2. Cheng-Lung Lo, Bulls
3. Chun-Chieh Kuo, Bears
4. Chi-Hsiang Lin, Lions

Round 3:
1. Wei-Chien Chen, Elephants
2. Shao-Ying Meng, Bulls
3. Chia-Wei Lin, Bears
4. Yuan-Chin Chu, Lions

Round 4:
1. Fan-Shuo Chen, Elephants
2. Chih-Ming Chuo, Bulls
3. Yu-Chi Hsiao, Bears
4. Chia-Jung He, Lions

Round 5:
1. Chia-Ming Huang, Elephants
2. Hsien-Hsien Yang, Bulls
3. Hsiu-Wei Kuo, Bears
4. Wai-Jen Cheng, Lions

The draft had 10 full rounds followed by the 11th round where the first 3 teams picked players. Rounds 12-19 saw only the Elephants pick up a player in each round. The Lions drafted two siblings of famous players: Yu-Chieh Tseng (Sung-Wei Tseng’s bro) in the 7th round and Kuo-Hua Lo (Kuo-Hui Lo’s bro) in the 9th round.

Source: Taiwan Baseball

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Taiwan: CPBL Adopts Free Agency System


TAIWAN – The Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL) recently announced the adoption of a free agency system with minimum salaries for the upcoming 2010 season. The CPBL has been repeatedly rocked by match-fixing allegations during its short history.

Similar to the free agency system in the professional leagues in Japan and South Korea, players in the CPBL will be eligible to become free agents after being in the league for nine years. CPBL President Chao Sho-buo told reporters the period of eligibility could begin retroactively from when Taiwan’s two professional leagues were merged in 2003.

League officials also implemented a new minimum salary of NT$70,000 ($2,167) per month for all players.

GOVERNMENT TO ASSIST BASEBALL

The Taiwanese government also unveiled a NT$2 billion ($62 million) plan to rescue the island’s favorite sport after recent game-fixing scandals nearly destroyed the professional league.

The four-year government plan is aimed at improving payment and pension schemes for professional players while offering tax incentives to corporate sponsors.

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Taiwan Baseball Fans To Become Paparazzi


TAIWAN – Brother Elephants owner Hung Jui-ho has agreed to a plan that would provide cash rewards for baseball fans in Taiwan who submit photographs of team players meeting with gang members and gambling syndicates.

The plan, aimed at making tens of thousands of Taiwanese baseball fans amateur paparazzi’s, is yet another attempt by officials of the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL) to stem the rampant game-fixing scandals that threatens the existence of the sport on the baseball-loving island nation.

22 players and one coach of the local professional baseball league have already been implicated in the latest scandal. Last year, two franchises – dmedia T-Rex and the Chinatrust Whales – were disbanded due to a match-fixing scandal that reduced the CPBL to just four teams.

One of the most prominent baseball stars in the league, La New Bears ace Chang Chih-chia, was released by the club recently after admitting to taking loans from an underground sports betting syndicate. The former Seibu Lions (Japan) hurler has repeatedly denied fixing games.

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Uni-President Lions Win Taiwan Series


TAIWAN – The Uni-President 7-ELEVEN Lions captured their third consecutive Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL) championship with a 5-2 win Sunday against the Brother Elephants in Game 7 of the Taiwan Series.

The Taiwan Series this year attracted a total of 96,214 baseball fans, the second highest in Taiwan’s pro baseball history and just slightly shy of record crowds of 96,825 in 2008.

The Elephants affiliated with Brother Hotel – fought back from a three games to one hole with a 5-4 win in 10 innings in Game 5, and scraped out a 3-3 tie in an epic 17-inning affair on Saturday in Game 6, to force a seventh game.

The Lions, sponsored by the 7-Eleven convenience store chain, opened the scoring in the second and built a 3-0 lead off Brother staff ace Tsao Chin-hui.  But, the Elephants rallied against former St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Luther Hackman (pictured) to close the gap to 3-2 before the two-time defending CPBL champion added a pair of insurance runs to seal the title-clinching victory.

The Brother Hotel franchise lost to the Lions for the second year in a row in the Taiwan Series, but field general Chung Ju-shen said both he and the team have learned more with growing confidence.

The Elephants will start a new training session immediately on Nov. 1 to gear up for the 2010 season after only a one-week break.

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Taiwan Series: Lions Eyeing CPBL Crown


TAIWAN – The Uni-President Lions will battle Brother Elephants in the 2009 Taiwan Series. The best-of-seven Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL) will get underway on Saturday, Oct. 17.

The Lions, who are the defending CPBL champion, earned a spot in the finals by winning the first half of the season with a 34-24-2 record. The Elephants, who finished in the cellar of the four-team league with a 21-38-1 mark to start the year, won the second half standings with a record of 33-25-2.

Overall, the Lions finished with the league’s best record at 63-54-3, followed by the La New Bears (61-58-1), Sinon Bulls (57-60-3), and the Elephants (54-63-3).

FINAL 2009 CPBL LEADERS:

BATTING AVERAGE
.367 – Wu-Hsiung Pan, Lions
.366 – Peng Cheng-min, Elephants
.360 – Wilton Veras, Bulls
.348 – Yi-Chuan Lin, Bulls
.332 – Chih-Sheng Lin, Bears

HITS
176 – Wilton Veras, Bulls
169 – Yi-Chuan Lin, Bulls
148 – Chien-Ming Chang, Bulls
143 – Chih-Sheng Lin, Bears
132 – Chen Chin-fong, Bears

HOME RUNS
31 – Chih-Sheng Lin, Bears
27 – Chen Chin-fong, Bears
18 – Yi-Chuan Lin, Bulls
17 – Chang Tai-shan, Bulls
17 – Peng Cheng-min, Elephants

RUNS BATTED IN
113 – Yi-Chuan Lin, Bulls
111 – Chih-Sheng Lin, Bears
099 – Chen Chin-fong, Bears
076 – Lien-Hung Chen, Lions
073 – Wilton Veras, Bulls

STOLEN BASES
42 – Sheng-Wei Wang, Elephants
25 – Peng Cheng-min, Elephants
20 – Cheng-Wei Huang, Elephants
20 – Jose Castillo, Lions
15 – Sung-Hsien Yang, Lions

WINS
14 – Shoda Itsuki, Bulls
13 – Aaron Rakers, Bears
11 – Yu-Cheng Liao, Elephants
10 – Wei-Lun Pan, Lions
10 – Ko-Chien Lin, Bulls

EARNED RUN AVERAGE
3.30 – Wei-Lun Pan, Lions
3.31 – Yu-Cheng Liao, Elephants
3.45 – Aaron Rakers, Bears
4.02 – Ko-Chien Lin, Bulls
4.31 – Chih-Chia Chang, Bears

SAVES
26 – Yueh-Ping Lin, Lions
20 – Ryan Cullen, Elephants
15 – Jermaine Van Buren, Bears (pictured)
05 – Yu-Chieh Shen, Bulls
05 – Hao-Jen Lee, Elephants

STRIKEOUTS
115 – Shoda Itsuki, Bulls
110- Aaron Rakers, Bears
094 – Chih-Chia Chang, Bears
093 – Ying-Chieh Lin, Bulls
081 – Wei-Lun Pan, Lions

WHIP
1.31 – Aaron Rakers, Bears
1.32 – Wei-Lun Pan, Lions
1.41 – Ko-Chien Lin, Bulls
1.44 – Shoda Itsuki, Bulls
1.44 – Chih-Chia Chang, Bears

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Source: taiwanbaseball.blogspot.com

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CPBL: Uni-President Edges Sinon Bulls


TAIWAN – The Uni-President Lions nipped the Sinon Bulls 4-3 Wednesday night in a make-up game at the Taichung Municipal Baseball Stadium.

The Lions, who will be seeking their third consecutive league championship when they meet the Brother Elephants in the upcoming 2009 Taiwan Series, built an early 3-0 cushion.

Pan Wu-hsiung got things started with a run-scoring double in the opening frame, and Uni-President added a pair of fourth-inning runs to give starter Kenny Rayborn the lead.

Sinon finally managed to get on the board in the fourth on an RBI groundout by Chang Jien-ming, but the Lions added another score in the seventh to push the lead back to 4-1.

The Bulls inched closer with a run in the bottom of the same inning, and made it a one-run affair an inning later on a wild pitch by Uni-President reliever Lin Cheng-fong. However, Lions closer Lin Yueh-ping worked a scoreless ninth to seal the fifth win of the year for Rayborn.

LA NEW BEARS TAME BROTHER ELEPHANTS

The La New Bears dealt the Taiwan Series-bound Brother Elephants their second loss in a row with a 4-1 triumph Wednesday at the Chiayi Municipal Baseball Stadium.

The Elephants, who captured the CPBL second-half crown last weekend, actually outhit the Bears 9-8. However, manager Nakagomi Sin’s squad failed in the clutch with a palty .200 batting mark (1-for-5) with runners in scoring position.

Chou Si-chi tagged Bears reliever Hsu Chih-hua with a solo homer to account for the Elephants lone score of the game.

ROOKIE ENJOYING STELLAR SEASON

CPBL rookie Yi-Chuan Lin (pictured) is enjoying a record-setting first year with the Sinon Bulls. With only a few games remaining in the regular season, the young slugger has already broken numerous rookie league marks and is chasing several all-time league records.

Currently hitting .348 with 163 hits in 469 at-bats, the 23-year-old has also smacked 17 home runs while driving in 107 runs.

• His 163 hits currently rank second in the league (behind teammate Wilton Veras’s 169) and breaks the old league record of 152 hits held by Lions IF Kuo-Ching Kao (* the league expanded games played fom 100 to 120 this year. Chih-Wei Shih set the old rookie mark in 2004 with 117 hits.

• Currently co-holds the league lead with 107 RBI (tying Bears slugger Chih-Sheng Lin). This also is the current league record (held by former Lions slugger Tilson Brito). The old rookie mark was 72 RBI, set by Tarzan way back in 1999.

• His .348 batting average is the 4th best in the CPBL this year. The record for a rookie is .342, established by former Elephants slugger/manager Kuang-Hui Wang in 1990.

• Ranks third in the league with 17 home runs, trailing only Bears sluggers Chih-Sheng Lin (30) and CFC (27). The rookie league mark is held by Ming-Hsiung Liao (18 set in ’93 with the now defunct China Times Eagles).

Photo courtesy of Taiwan Baseball

Sources: Taiwan Baseball.blogspot.com, Tapei Times

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CPBL: Brother Elephants Keep Winning


TAIWAN – The Sinon Bulls plated five runs in the seventh inning to capture a 5-4 comeback win against the La New Bears Friday night at the Kaohsiung County Baseball Stadium.

The Bears drew first blood in the second on an RBI groundout by Yu Jin-deh, and went ahead 2-0 in the fifth on a run-scoring sacrifice fly off the bat of Chan Chih-yao.

Meanwhile, La New starter Chang Chih-jia silenced the Bulls’ lineup on three hits in six innings before running into major trouble in the seventh.

Lin Yi-chuan ignited the big inning with a leadoff solo drive, and Sinon chased Chang later in the inning with two outs. Chang Jien-ming drilled a two-run double to finish off the game-changing rally.

The Bears made things interesting with two scores in the bottom of the seventh to close the gap to 5-4. But, the Bears bullpen clinched the narrow win with two shutout innings.

Shoda Itsuki picked up his 12th win of the season, while Chang was pinned with the loss.

ELEPHANTS 10 – LIONS 6

The Brother Elephants extended their winning streak to five games with a 10-6 victory against the Uni-President Lions Friday night at the Taipei County Baseball Stadium in Sinjhuang.

The Elephants racked up 11 hits off five pitchers with Cheng-min Peng leading the way with a 3-for-5 effort at the plate and one RBI.

The American pitching duo of Matt Perisho and Ryan Cullen continued their impressive late inning success on the mound.

Perisho, who scrapped a Lions scoring threat in the eighth, earned his league-best 20th hold of the year. Cullen retired the final three Lions batters to notch his ninth straight save.

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CPBL: Uni-President Pounds Sinon Bulls


TAIWAN – Luther Hackman notched his first win since returning to the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL) earlier this month, and the Uni-President Lions pounded the Sinon Bulls 11-3 Friday night at Hsinchu Municipal Baseball Stadium.

The reigning CPBL champion jumped all over Sinon starter Ricardo Rodriguez in the first inning. The Dominican hurler allowed the first seven batters to reach safely on a pair of walks, four singles, and an error before getting yanked without registering an out.

The Lions stretched its lead to 8-0 off reliever Shen Fu-ren with a walk and two-run double to put the game out of reach early.

Meanwhile, Hackman turned in an effective 98-pitch outing that featured three runs on six hits with a pair of walks and five strikeouts.

Cheng Nai-wen went 3-for-5 with two RBIs to lead a Uni-President squad that scored 11 runs on as many hits to halt a two-game skid.

LA NEW BEARS 17 – BROTHER ELEPHANTS 0

Aaron Rakers tied Sinon’s Shoda Itsuki for most wins in the CPBL this season, and the La New Bears routed the Brother Elephants at Taipei County Baseball Stadium in Sinjhuang.

Former major leaguer Chen Chin-fong drove in four runs with a pair of hits, and Tsai Jien-wei finished off a six-run rally in the sixth with a two-run single. The Bears racked up 15 hits off four different pitchers, while profiting from 14 walks to capture the lopsided win.

Rakers worked seven often shaky innings to pick up his 11th win of the year.

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CPBL: Uni-President Lions Win Again


TAIWAN – The Uni-President Lions completed a three-game weekend against the Sinon Bulls with a 4-1 victory Sunday night at the Tainan Municipal Baseball Stadium.

The reigning Chinese Professional Baseball League champion, which dropped five consecutive games earlier this month, extended its current winning streak to five games.

The Lions took an early lead in the first on a solo drive by Pan Wu-hsiung off Sinon starter Yang Jien-fu. However, the Bulls pulled even on a trio of hits off Uni-President starter Pan Jung-rong.

Jose Castillo and Chen Lien-hong connected for back-to-back RBI doubles in the third to give the Lions a 3-1 advantage and provide more than enough run support for Pan Jung-rong.

The the third-year pitcher out of Taipei Physical Education College stymied the Bulls’ batting order for five strong innings before giving way to his bullpen, which delivered solid relief with one-hit ball over four scoreless frames to help him earn his fourth win of the year.

BEARS 11 – ELEPHANTS 1

The La New Bears continued swinging the bats well with a 11-1 blowout victory against the Brother Elephants Sunday at Kaohsiung County Baseball Stadium. With the win, the Bears captured the weekend series two games to one.

The Bears, which rolled to a lopsided 12-4 win on Saturday, rocked Brother starter Liao Yu-cheng for seven scores in three innings to determine the outcome early.

Meanwhile, La New starter Tsai Ying-fong was mowing down the Elephants’ batting order. Tsai tossed a four-hitter over five scoreless innings to pick up the win.

A run-scoring single by Chen Guan-ren off reliever Tseng Jau-hao in the sixth foiled the shutout.

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CPBL: Uni-President Beat La New Bears


TAIWAN – The Uni-President Lions snapped a five-game losing skid Wednesday night at Tainan with a 9-3 victory over the La New Bears in action from the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL).

Liu Fu-hao broke a 1-1 deadlock in the fourth with a two-run drive off La New starter Hsu Wen-hsiung. Jose Castillo added another two-run shot an inning later to seal the win.

Chen Chin-fong connected for his 20th home run of the season for the Bears with a solo blast to open the fourth, and newcomer Jacob Cruz slugged a pair of solo homers off the Lions’ Kao Jien-san and Hsu Yu-wei.

Lin Cheng-fong, who replaced injured starter Lee Wei-hua in the second, limited the Bears to one run and two hits in three plus innings to pick up his second win of the year.

Hsu lasted just 4 2/3 innings to lose his fourth game in seven starts against Uni-President this season.

ELEPHANTS 7, BULLS 6

The Brother Elephants capitalized on three errors by the Sinon Bulls in the ninth to pull out an improbable 7-6 squeaker at the Taipei County Baseball Stadium in Sinjhuang on Tuesday.

In a matchup that featured four different lead changes, the Bulls built a 4-0 lead after two innings before the Elephants stampeded for five unanswered scores.

Sinon’s Chen Chih-wei knotted the game in the sixth with an RBI single, and Lin Yi-chuen’s solo shot off Elephants reliever Wang Jing-li in the ninth gave the Bulls a slim 6-5 lead.

But the Elephants profited from three Bulls’ defensive blunders that led to two unearned runs in the bottom of the ninth to claim their fourth consecutive win.

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CPBL: Uni-President Tame La New Bears


TAIWAN – The Uni-President Lions extended the reeling La New Bears losing streak to six games with a 6-4 victory at the Hsinchu Municipal Baseball Stadium on Friday night.

The Lions tagged La New’s American starter Aaron Rakers for a run in the opening frame to grab a quick 1-0 advantage. But the Bears tied the score in the third on Shih Chih-wei’s RBI single.

Uni-President wasted little time in pulling back ahead. Pan Wu-hsiung drilled a solo home run in the bottom of the third to make the score 2-1.

Cheng Nai-wen’s two-run shot an inning later highlighted a four-run fourth for the reigning league champion. The Lions carried a five-run cushion into the ninth before the Bears came clawing back.

Pan Chung-wei belted a solo homer and Tseng Hao-jui added a two-run bomb to cut the lead to 6-4. But, Lions closer Lin Yueh-ping sat down next three batters to seal the seventh win for starter Chu Wei-ming.

Rakers (9-3) failed for the second time to win his 10th game of the season, allowing five runs on eight hits in 4 1/3 innings.

BROTHER ELEPHANTS 2 – SINON BULLS 1

Chou Si-chi broke a 1-1 deadlock in the sixth with a clutch RBI double and the Brother Elephants nipped the Sinon Bulls 2-1 at the Taipei County Baseball Stadium in Sinjhuang on Friday.

The league front-runner moved 2 1/2 games ahead of the second place Bulls with the series-opening win.

Bulls starter Pedro Liriano and the Elephants’ Mike Smith locked horns in a well-pitched matchup. The Elephants took a 1-0 lead in the fourth on Chen Guan-ren’s run-scoring double. But, Yeh Jung-chang’s RBI single plated Cheng Hong-da with the tying run the following inning.

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Sinon Continues Uni-President Lions Slide


TAIWAN – Da-Hung Cheng drilled a walk-off, two-run homer and the Sinon Bulls overcame a 4-3 deficit with three scores in the ninth inning to beat the reeling Uni-President Lions 6-4 Sunday in action from the Chinese Professional Baseball League.

The Bulls raced out to a quick lead in front of 3,396 fans with a pair of runs in the opening frame. But the reigning league champions pulled even in the fourth with two scores before Sinon grabbed a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the same inning.

The Lions plated two runs in the eighth to taste their first lead of the game. However, Cheng tagged Yueh-Ping Lin for his fourth long ball of the season an inning later to cap the comeback win.

Yu-Chieh Shen (4-3) picked up his fourth win of the year, while Lin (2-4) was charged with the loss.

ELEPHANTS SLIP PAST BEARS

The Brother Elephants moved within a half game of the first place La New Bears with a 4-3 win in 12 innings Sunday in front of 4,512 CPBL spectators.

The Elephants, which outhit the second half front-runner 13-5, broke a scoreless tie with two runs in the sixth. Trailing 3-1 heading into the ninth, the Bears plated a pair of scores to send the game into extra-innings. But the Brother franchise struck paydirt in the 12th to claim the narrow victory.

Chia-Rui Mai (1-1) came out of the bullpen to earn his first win of the season, while Ming-Chieh Hsu (0-2) was pinned with the loss.

STANDINGS (2ND HALF)

Team Won Lost
La New 06 02
Brother 06 03
Sinon 05 05
Uni-Pres 01 08

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Source: Taiwan Baseball

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Sinon Bulls Routs Uni-Pesident Lions


TAIWAN – Lin Keh-chien pitched six strong innings to help the Sinon Bulls beat the Uni-President Lions 9-2 at the Tainan Municipal Baseball Stadium Wednesday as the Chinese Professional Baseball League began the second half of the season.

“It was a sweet win for us, since we have lost seven in a row to them (Uni-President),” said the ecstatic pitcher who improved his record to 6-4 on the year.

Lin Yi-chuan, who belted a pair of home runs, drilled a solo shot off Lions starter Hsu Yu-wei in the opening frame to give his team the early lead. However, Uni-President answered back in the bottom of the same inning to knot the score at 1-1.

The rookie sensation, who is seeking to become the fastest hitter to reach the 100-hit plateau in league history, had four hits to give him a total of 99 in 245 at-bats this season.

The Bulls regained the lead an inning later on Tseng Hua-wei’s high-bouncing RBI single over third base, and plated two more runs in the fourth to grab a 4-1 advantage.

Sinon tied a club record with a trio of long balls off Lions reliever Tseng Yi-cheng in the top of the ninth, highlighted by Tseng Hua-wei’s three-run shot, to clinch the blowout victory and snap a seven game losing streak to the Lions.

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Uni-President Lions Earn Shutout Win


TAIWAN – Jose Castillo drove in three runs with a pair of doubles and Pan Wei-Lun threw six scoreless innings to help the Uni-President Lions blank the Brother Elephants 8-0 in front of 4,955 fans Friday night in the Chinese Professional Baseball League.

The reigning CPBL champion tagged Brother starter T.J. Yeh for a pair of runs in four of the first five frames. Castillo, Liu Fu-Hao and Liu Fu-Hao each tallied two hits apiece for the Lions.

Pan (7-4) scattered two hits and one walk with four strikeouts to notch the win.

Yeh (0-2), who struck out five, was charged with the loss after allowing eight runs – five earned – on eight hits and four walks.

SINON BULLS STOMP LA NEW BEARS

Lin Yi-Chuan and Wu Tai-shan both homered and Shoda Itsuki worked six strong innings to lead the Sinon Bulls to a 5-2 win over the La New Bears in a game shortened to seven innings due to bad weather.

With 3,455 fans trekking to the ballpark, the Bulls plated four runs in the first highlighted by Lin’s grand slam – his seventh long ball of the season. However, the Bears cut the lead to 4-2 on RBIs by Huang Long-Yi and Tsai Tsung-Yu.

Chang finished off the scoring with a solo bomb in the fourth to seal the victory.

Itsuki (7-3) allowed two runs and five hits to get the win, while La New starter Wu Si-Yo (4-5) lasted just one inning and was pinned with the loss.

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