In New York, Chien-Ming Wang of the Yankees allowed one run in seven innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He is 6-4 with a 3.49 ERA.
In Los Angeles, Hong-Chih Kuo of the Dodgers allowed one run in seven innings against the Mets. He improved to 1-1 and dropped his ERA to 3.60. He also homered as the Dodgers beat the struggling Mets.
Wang and Kuo are friends, having grown up in the same area in Taiwan. Kuo was considered the better prospect when they were younger because he threw harder. But he had a long history of injuries and did not emerge until last season.
Many fans from Taiwan have e-mailed about Wang and I’ve gotten to know several Taiwanese journalists. The New York chapter of the BBWAA even welcomed its first Taiwanese member this season, Joseph Liao of the World Journal. It’s great that MLB is making such inroads there.
Trust me when I tell you, Wang and Kuo will be big news there today.