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Thursday notes and links: Cano has a big day in Taiwan
Posted By Chad Jennings On November 3, 2011 @ 9:11 pm In Misc | 285 Comments
Here’s the latest from the Associated Press about the second game of Major League Baseball’s exhibition tour of Taiwan. Curtis Granderson had the big home run in the first game. Robinson Cano had the big hit in the second game.
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Robinson Cano doubled in a run in the seventh inning to help an MLB All-Star team beat Taiwan’s national team 5-3 Thursday in the second game of a five-game series.
The New York Yankees’ second baseman also singled and scored in the sixth inning in the game in Taichung.
“They got a great team,” Cano said. “They played a pretty good game.”
The Taiwanese went ahead 3-2 in the fifth, scoring twice on three hits and a walk. The MLB squad tied it in the sixth and added two more runs in the seventh.
Relievers Rich Thompson of the Los Angeles Angels, Ramon Ramirez of the San Francisco Giants and Bill Bray of the Cincinnati Reds kept the Taiwanese scoreless from the sixth inning on.
In the series opener Tuesday, the MLB team won 7-0 in a game halted in the sixth inning because of rain. The teams play in Taichung on Friday before closing the series with two weekend games in Kaohsiung.
• Chien-Ming Wang is heading back to the Nationals. The Washington Post reports that Wang got a one-year deal worth $4 million  to return to the Nats’ rotation.
• Don’t count on the Yankees keeping scouting director Damon Oppenheimer just yet. The Orioles still haven’t picked a GM, and the Baltimore Sun reports that Oppenheimer is among those who could still interview for the job. We learned earlier that Yankees pro scouting director Billy Eppler was apparently the runner-up for the Angels GM job. 
• Yankees prospects Mason Williams and Dante Bichette Jr. were named the Topps Player of the Year  in the New York-Penn League and Gulf Coast League.
• Former Yankees outfielder Juan Rivera was one of the first significant free agents to sign with a new team, agreeing to a one-year deal with the Dodgers. 
• Outfielder Jordan Parraz, who had a terrific season with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this year, has signed a minor league deal with the Braves. It includes separate language if he makes the big league club.
• After his one-year stint in the Yankees front office, it took Kevin Towers just one year to land an extension as the GM in Arizona. 
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 Wang got a one-year deal worth $4 million: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/nationals-journal/post/chien-ming-wang-set-to-re-sign-with-nationals/2011/11/03/gIQAIi1VjM_blog.html
 Oppenheimer is among those who could still interview for the job. : http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/sports/orioles/blog/2011/11/orioles_likely_to_interview_on.html
 runner-up for the Angels GM job.: http://twitter.com/#!/Buster_ESPN/status/131186528205549570
 were named the Topps Player of the Year: http://twitter.com/#!/YankeesPR/status/132196012650545152
 agreeing to a one-year deal with the Dodgers. : http://twitter.com/#!/jonmorosi/status/132073899096686593
 has signed a minor league deal with the Braves. : http://twitter.com/#!/jonmorosi/status/132193333371092992
 to land an extension as the GM in Arizona. : http://www.azcentral.com/sports/diamondbacks/articles/2011/11/03/20111103arizona-diamondbacks-kirk-gibson-kevin-towers.html