Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Lions Need Late Rally to Top the Tianjin Lions...

Asia Series:
After finding themselves down 4-0 after 4 1/2 innings and 4-3 after 8 1/2 innings, the President Lions needed 4 runs in the bottom of the 9th to beat the CBA champs 7-4. Keyed by OF Wu-Hsiung Pan's walk-off 3-run HR in the bottom of the 9th, the Lions saved themselves from a potentially embarrassing upset. Yi-Cheng Tseng picked up the victory for the Lions while OF Fu-Hao Liu smacked a leadoff HR in the 5th to key a 3-run inning.
Linescore/Box Score (In Japanese)

* What did Ni turn down? Well, the Seattle Mariners were rumored to have offered lefty Fu-Te Ni a $150K signing bonus and the guarantee that he would start the season with their AA affiliate and receive a $50K salary for the whole season. The Chicago Cubs were also rumored to have been interested in Ni.

*The T-Rex's top pick in 2007, OF Chih-Yao Chan will also be going to the showcase in Los Angeles alongside Wang, Chen, and Mai.

*The Oakland A's have claimed IF Yung-Chi Chen off waivers.

*Highlights from today's collegiate tourney action (Hsieh-Hui Cup): Taiwan Coop Bank P Cheng-Lung Lo (former Anchorage Buc in '06) picked up the W as his team won 6-0. Lo K'd 8 and allowed only 1 hit over 5 shutout innings.
'05-'06 junior NT member Hung-Cheng Lai picked up the W after leading his Taiwan Beer team to a 1-0 shutout win over Chiayi University.

*Former Yomiuri Giant Chien-Ming Chiang participated in a NPB tryout on Nov. 11th in Yokosuka for all released NPB players. Should he fail to impress this time around, he plans to attend another tryout on Nov. 26th in Hiroshima.

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