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Height/Weight: 6-0/195 | Birthdate: 7/21/1985 | Birthplace: Kaohsiung City, Taiwan | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Baltimore | College: None | MLB Experience: 4 | Owned/Started%: 66/36 | Average Draft Position: 213.05
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Orioles P Wei-Yin Chen picks up fourth win vs. Rangers


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(7/1/2015) Orioles pitcher Wei-Yin Chen held hitters to just two runs in Wednesday night's 4-2 win over the Rangers. 

Chen pitched a tough eight innings and only surrendered four hits and one walk while striking out two batters. He's now allowed eight runs over his past five starts. Chen is now 4-4 and has an ERA of 2.84 for the season. 


Orioles' Wei-Yin Chen gets no-decision in 100th career start


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/26/2015) Orioles pitcher Wei-Yin Chen started his 100th career game against Cleveland on Friday. He's the second Taiwan-born pitcher to reach 100 starts. 

Chen allowed two runs on seven hits over six innings, striking out five. 

"I felt pretty good but made some mistakes during the game and allowed a couple of home runs. Everybody did their best today. Happy we had the win, and it was a team effort," he said

Chen finished an undefeated June, going 2-0 with two no decisions and a 2.13 ERA in his four starts. 


Orioles SP Wei-Yin Chen added back to MLB roster on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/26/2015) The Orioles have officially recalled left-hander Wei-Yin Chen from Class A Frederick. Chen was already expected to make the start on Friday against the Indians, so this is really more of a formality. 

Chen was sent down to the minors for his most recent start, which was shortened by rain. But he is back with the club and ready to go for Friday's tilt.

Pitcher T.J. McFarland was optioned to Triple-A in a corresponding move.


Orioles SP Wei-Yin Chen says no 'regret' after Single-A start


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(6/20/2015) Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen, who was sent down to Single-A on Tuesday -- a move that drew the ire of both the pitcher and his agent -- made his start Saturday and said there were no hard feelings about the move, per MASNSports.com.

Chen, who had pitched a solid game with Baltimore before being sent down in a move that the team said was made for keeping him fresh, threw three scoreless innings before the game was called due to rain. 

"We talked, me and [manager] Buck [Showalter] talked, and I accept. ... I was disappointed but still I accepted the decision," Chen said through his translator. "I believe the team had its reason. We just better leave this in the past and now my only focus is to help the team win the championship."

Chen, who will return to the Orioles on Friday, is 3-4 with a 2.89 ERA in 13 starts this season. 


Orioles option SP Wei-Yin Chen to Class A on Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/16/2015) The Orioles have optioned left-hander Wei-Yin Chen to Class A Frederick on Tuesday. Chen pitched on Monday and was magnificent against the Phillies. But he will head to the minor leagues in an effort to miss the upcoming series with the Blue Jays, a team that hits lefties well. 

If the Orioles keep Chen on a five-day rotation, he will be in-line to make his next start on June 26 at home against the Indians. Manager Buck Showalter said keeping Chen fresh for the long haul was also a consideration for him being sent down.

"The number one thing is Wei-Yin and making sure he’s around in September and October, pitching at the level he pitched last night," Showalter said.

The move to the minors opens up a spot for Chris Parmelee, who was recalled from Triple-A on Tuesday. The Orioles also moved infielder Jonathan Schoop to the 60-day disabled list, according to CSN Baltimore.


Wei-Yin Chen wins second straight for Orioles


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2015) Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen won his second straight decision on Monday against Philadelphia. 

Chen went eight innings, matching a season high from April 25. He didn't allow a run for the first outing this season.

It was Chen's longest scoreless outing since he threw eight shuout innings last July 24.

Chen gave up four hits, walked a batter and struck out a season-high nine for the second time in three starts. His next start is Saturday, at Toronto. 


Orioles SP Wei-Yin Chen notches second win of the season


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/10/2015) Orioles starting pitcher Wei-Yin Chen put the clamps on Boston's offense in his team's 5-2 win over the Red Sox on Wednesday.

Chen tossed five innings, struck out five batters and allowed just two earned runs while earning his second win of the year. His only mistake came in the third inning when Brock Holt doubled to left and Dustin Pedroia scored. Boston's other run came on a fielder's choice that should have been an inning-ending double play.

Chen (2-4) has a 3.21 ERA with 62 strikeouts in 73 innings this season.


Orioles SP Wei-Yin Chen pitches into the seventh, settles for ND


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/4/2015) Despite striking out a season-high nine batters on Thursday, Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen was left with a no-decision in the 3-2 win over the Astros. Chen pitched 6 1/3 innings and gave up two runs on five hits and five walks. He left in the seventh inning with the scored tied 2-2 before Adam Jones launched the game-winning home run in the eighth. 

Chen (1-4) gave up a solo home run to Hank Conger in the third and Luis Valbuena drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in the fourth. Chen has allowed at least one home run in all but two of his starts so far this season.

However, he has also posted quality starts in five of his last seven outings. Thursday's performance lowered his ERA a tick, down to 3.18 on the year. 

He's scheduled to make his next start Wednesday at home against the Red Sox. Chen has made two starts so far this year against Boston. He's 0-1, but has given up just two earned runs in 12 1/3 innings against the division-rivals.


Wei-Yin Chen hard-luck loser for Orioles


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(5/30/2015) Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen put together another quality start Saturday but it wasn't enough in a 3-0 loss to the Rays, continuing a tough trend for the pitcher. 

It's the ninth time in 10 starts that Chen has allowed three or fewer earned runs, but during that time span, he's only got one win on his ledger. Chen allowed single runs in each of the first three innings, but wound up going seven innings, scattering six hits while striking out four. 

"I tried to keep the ball down, I tried to keep the opponent from scoring runs," Chen said through an interpreter to MLB.com. "Unfortunately, I allowed some extra-base hits in the first three innings. One of the home runs, that wasn't a good pitch. It wasn't the location I wanted it to be."

Chen falls to 1-4 on the season but has a solid ERA of 3.21. 


Orioles SP Wei-Yin Chen ready to take the mound Saturday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/30/2015) As expected, Orioles southpaw Wei-Yin Chen is fine for his Saturday start against Tampa Bay. He had been considered probable with soreness.

Chen has been shaky in his last two starts, allowing seven runs on 19 hits in 12 innings. His 1-3 record is not indicative of how he's pitched this season, however. He owns a solid 3.13 ERA.


Orioles SP Wei-Yin Chen sore, but Saturday start still set


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2015) Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen is dealing with some soreness, but he is set to start Saturday against Tampa Bay anyway, per MLB.com.

"He just had some soreness in an area we wanted to check out before we committed there and before we did some things with [T.J.] McFarland and some other guys," manager Buck Showalter said, per the Baltimore Sun. "But he feels good. He is ready to go Saturday."

Chen has struggled in his last two outings in raising his ERA from 2.53 to 3.13. He has worked his way out of jams, but has allowed seven runs on 19 hits in his last 12 innings. His saving grace has been control - he has not walked a batter during that stretch.


Orioles' Wei-Yin Chen strikes out six in no-decision vs. Astros


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2015) Orioles pitcher Wei-Yin Chen didn't factor into the decision on Monday, allowing three earned runs on 11 hits in five innings while striking out six and walking none in his team's 4-3 win over the Astros.

Chen was staked to a 2-0 lead after the second inning, but he served up a solo home run in the third inning and followed it up by giving up two runs on a bloop single in the fifth. It was the first time in six starts that the starter failed to complete six innings.

"I allowed a lot of hits today," Chen said through interpreter Louis Chao, per MASNSports.com. "But I'm thankful for my teammates, who played good defense behind me. That ball wasn't hit that hard, but it dropped in a bad place for me. All I can do after that is manage damage control."

Chen owns a 3.13 ERA and 44:14 K:BB ratio in 54 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Rays on Saturday.


Orioles' Wei-Yin Chen surrenders four runs in loss vs. Mariners


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) Orioles pitcher Wei-Yin Chen took the loss on Wednesday, allowing four earned runs on eight hits in seven innings while striking out four and walking none in his team's 4-2 defeat against the Mariners.

Chen (1-3) surrendered an RBI double in the second inning to open the scoring, then served up a two-run homer to Justin Ruggiano in the fourth. He lost the quality start in the seventh, when he allowed an RBI triple.

"He was good," manager Buck Showalter said, per MASNSports.com. "Left a couple breaking balls up that he paid for, but other than that he was crisp. Deep into the game and wasn't much margin for error for him the way their guy was pitching. I thought he pitched pretty well all things considered. Just a couple of mistakes he paid for. A breaking ball he left that he was trying to get it obviously in a different spot and left it over the plate.

"Wei-Yin gave us seven pretty solid innings and we'll take that. Felt like we would make a run at him at some point if we could stay in touch with him. We had some good opportunities, but obviously against a quality back of the game pitcher."

Chen had delivered four straight quality starts coming into Wednesday. He owns a 2.90 ERA and 38:14 K:BB ratio in 49 2/3 innings. The lefty is scheduled to face the Astros Monday.


Orioles pitcher Chris Tillman won't start on Tuesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2015) Orioles pitcher Chris Tillman was scheduled to start on Sunday, but had his outing pushed back to Tuesday because of back stiffness. Now, Tillman will also not start on Tuesday as manager Buck Showalter will go with Miguel Gonzalez and is leaning toward Wei-Yin Chen on Wednesday, according to MASN Sports.

Tillman missed his last start with an illness and is now dealing with the back issue. It is unclear when Tillman's next start would come. He is 2-5 with a 6.34 ERA in 38 1/3 innings of work so far this season.


Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen takes hard-luck loss on Friday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/15/2015) Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen (1-2) allowed two runs on five hits and fanned seven in seven innings of work Friday but took the hard-luck loss to the Angels.

"I thought he had a good breaking ball tonight," manager Buck Showalter said, per MLB.com. "Slider had some late life and bite to it. Commanded the inner half of the plate, which you're going to have to do with that many quality right-handed hitters in the lineup."

Chen was touched for a first-inning solo homer from Albert Pujols.

"Overall, I felt pretty good," Chen said. ''Well, there was those bumpy innings in the first two, but luckily I made adjustments."

Chen has now allowed three earned runs or less in all seven of his starts this season.

"That was a tough lineup for a left-handed pitcher," Orioles manager Buck Showalter. "Wei-Yin was really good."

Chen returns to the mound for his next start Thursday against the Mariners.


Orioles' Wei-Yin Chen strikes out seven in win vs. Yankees


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2015) Orioles pitcher Wei-Yin Chen earned a win Saturday, giving up just one earned run on five hits and one walk in seven innings while striking out seven in his team's 6-2 victory over the Yankees Saturday.

Chen (1-1) was staked to a 4-0 lead on a trio of home runs by the end of the fourth inning, and he enjoyed a 5-0 lead by the team he allowed his only run of the game on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fifth. While he has yet to allow more than three earned runs in a start, Saturday's win was his first in six tries.

"He's had a couple [good starts] like this," manager Buck Showalter said of Chen. "He was carrying a so-so changeup, a so-so slider, but he had command of the fastball, which really gave him four pitches in all the quadrants."

Chen owns a 2.52 ERA and 27:12 K:BB ratio in 35 2/3 innings. He's slated to face the Angels at home Friday.


Orioles' Wei-Yin Chen posts quality start vs. Rays


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2015) Orioles pitcher Wei-Yin Chen wasn't a factor in the decision Sunday, allowing just two earned runs on seven hits and two walks in six innings while striking out four in his team's 4-2 win over the Rays.

Chen has delivered quality starts in two straight outings and three of his last four starts, but he's still looking for his first win of the season.

"My last outing, I felt pretty great," Chen said through his interpreter. "All I wanted to do was keep the same feeling and not do anything extra and that's what I did today."

He surrendered a solo home run in the second inning, and the Rays were able to plate one more on a fifth-inning single.

Chen owns a 2.83 ERA and 20:11 K:BB ratio in 28 2/3 innings. His next chance to earn his first win comes Saturday against the Yankees in New York.


O's starter Wei-Yin Chen goes eight strong innings but gets no-decision


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/25/2015) Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen allowed two runs on four hits in eight solid innings against the Red Sox on Saturday but had to settle for a no-decision. Mike Napoli connected off Chen for his first homer of the season.

Chen's eight innings tied his career-high for the third time.

"Compared to my last outing, I think my command got better," Chen said to MASN Sports. "I made an adjustment, and it worked out pretty well today. In the previous outings, I wasted too many pitches and could not go this deep in the game. It was very important for me to go deep in the game and feel like the manager was trusting me to let me out there pitching."

Chen's next start is scheduled for Friday against the Rays.


Wei-Yin Chen earns hard-luck loss for Orioles


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2015) Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen didn't allow an earned run on Monday, but he still lost to Boston in a rain-shortened game. 

Baltimore committed three errors in three innings, including one by Chen himself, that led to five unearned runs. 

Chen allowed three hits and walked five in four and a third innings, striking out three.  He threw 54 strikes in 95 pitches and lowered his ERA to 3.07.

"I think he was a little frustrated with the strike zone," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said, per MLB.com. "He won't say it. There were a lot of borderline pitches that didn't go his way and I don't think he handled that frustration too well. There was a game there to be won.

Chen's next start is scheduled for Saturday in a rematch with Boston and Justin Masterson. 


Current Red Sox have hit Orioles' Wei-Yin Chen hard


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2015) Orioles pitcher Wei-Yin Chen has surrendered a .323 batting average to current Red Sox hitters, masnsports.com reports.

Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia has collected more hits against Chen than anyone in the lefty pitcher's career, going 14 for 27 with a .519/.567/.778 line. Designated hitter David Ortiz is 8 for 21 with a home run, right fielder Shane Victorino is 4 for 10 with a home run and shortstop Xander Bogaerts is 3 for 10 with a home run against Chen. All four are in the starting lineup Monday, as are first baseman Mike Napoli, who's just 3 for 17 against Chen but with two home runs, and catcher Ryan Hanigan, who's 1 for 9 with a home run against the pitcher.

The Orioles are underdogs (+110) against the Red Sox in Boston Monday.


Orioles pitcher Wei-Yin Chen allows two home runs in losing effort


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Orioles pitcher Wei-Yin Chen allowed two runs on four hits in Baltimore's 6-5 loss to the Yankees Monday. 

"The last time in Tampa, I was thinking too much, so I messed up my [results]," Chen said, per MLB.com. "Today, I didn't try to think too much, and I feel everything was pretty good."

Chen went six innings and made just two mistakes, allowing two solo home runs to Chris Young and Mark Teixeria in the second and fourth innings respectively. His ERA gets down to 4.35 but is still in search of his first win of the year. He will look for it again Sunday against the Red Sox, who he is a career 5-3 record against with a 4.24 ERA.


Orioles pitcher Wei-Yin Chen allows three runs in season debut


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/7/2015) Orioles pitcher Wei-Yin Chen last 4 1/3 innings with four strikeouts in Baltimore's 5-4 win over the Rays Tuesday. 

Chen allowed three runs on four hits, including a home run, in his first start of the year. Chen made it through the first two innings unscathed, but surrendered a run in the third before allowing a two-run home run in the fourth and finishing with a no decision. Chen went 1-1 with a 3.67 ERA in five starts against Tampa Bay last year.

He begins the season with a 6.23 ERA. Chen will look to earn his first victory Monday against the Yankees.


Orioles' Wei-Yin Chen allows two runs in final spring start


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2015) Orioles pitcher Wei-Yin Chen surrendered two earned runs on six hits in five innings while striking out four and walking none in his final spring start Thursday against the Braves.

"I think I finally got the feeling of my command back," Chen said through his interpreter, per masnsports.com, "and physically I feel great."

Chen closes the spring with a 2.45 ERA and 10:1 K:BB ratio in 18 1/3 innings this spring.

"Last spring, my off-speed pitches were pretty good at first, but it wasn't all that consistent," he said. "This year, I was trying to fill it out, and over this spring, and I felt better and better in mastering it. I talked to my teammates and coaches about how to throw it and how to grip it. And I think over this spring it's been getting better and better."

Chen is slated to open the regular season against the Rays on Tuesday.


Orioles to start Chen Tuesday, Gonzalez Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2015) The Orioles will start pitcher Wei-Yin Chen Tuesday against the Rays for the team's second game of the season, while pitcher Miguel Gonzalez will take the mound Wednesday, CSNBaltimore.com reports.

Both Chen and Gonzalez were expected to join Opening Day starter Chris Tillman for the opening series against the Rays, and the team has settled on its probable pitchers for each game. Chen owns a 2.03 ERA and 6:1 K:BB ratio in 13 1/3 spring innings. Gonzalez has delivered a 5.40 ERA and 16:1 K:BB ratio in 18 1/3 innings.


Orioles' Miguel Gonzalez may get start in season-opening series


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(3/29/2015) When the Orioles open the season with a three-game series in Tampa Bay, manager Buck Showalter said Miguel Gonzalez will likely start one of the games, reports MLB.com.

“We’re leaning that way. It kind of slots him out the rest of the month where he should be," Showalter said. "Like I say, we’ve got a rare opportunity with playing in our division for as much as we do and the track record our starters have there in different venues against different teams and kind of take advantage of that.”

For his career, Gonzalez is 3-1 with a 2.64 ERA in five starts at Tropicana Field.

Showalter said earlier this spring that Wei-Yin Chen would probably pitch among those first three games as well as Chris Tillman, who's been widely speculated as the club’s Opening Day starter.