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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%: 49/22 | Average Draft Position: 213.26
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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.

Wei-Yin Chen has another strong spring start for Orioles


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(3/25/2015) Orioles starting pitcher Wei-Yin Chen made his fourth start of the spring Wednesday against the Blue Jays and needed 62 pitches to throw five innings, allowing four hits, one earned run, one strikeout and no walks.

Chen said he could have thrown more innings if needed.

"Of course I can, but five innings is what we had [as a goal] before the game and I got there," Chen said. "And we're still in spring training and there's a lot more things I need to work on, so it's not about how many innings as pitches."

For the spring, Chen has posted a 2.03 ERA in 13 1/3 innings, striking out six and walking one.

Chen continues to use a new grip this season on his changeup.

"I would say it is much better, but still sometimes I think about the grips or how I'm going to throw the pitches," Chen said. "I am still going to keep tinkering in the bullpen, but hopefully by the start if the season I don't have to think about it and I can just throw it naturally."

Chen said he isn't working faster to stay in step with Major League Baseball's rules about speeding up the games.

"I try not to think about it, because the most important thing for a player is my performance and I try to do my best out there without thinking about this extra stuff," he said. "Of course, if I can get the game going faster, I'll be happy to, but I have to keep my performance [strong]."

Chen said his goals for the rest of sping training is to "keep working some on my breaking ball and changeup. It's gotten a lot better, but I need to make it more accurate so in the season I can use it more easily."


Orioles pitcher Wei-Yin Chen working on command with changeup


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/15/2015) Orioles pitcher Wei-Yin Chen threw 3 1/3 innings Sunday, allowing two runs. However, Chen more importantly worked on his command with the changeup.

"He's made some real strides with that," manager Buck Showalter said. "You can tell in his lack of reluctance to throw it. I'm not sure if it's the new grip or it's just added in some. He wasn't throwing it this much last year. I think he knows it might help take him to another level."

Chen, who also allowed seven hits with no walks, thought he controlled his pitches better Sunday than his previous outing.

"I think I have better command now even though I sometimes leave it up in the zone," he said through an interpreter. "Still, I think the command is better than the last outing, and even if I sometimes miss a location, the hitters are having some trouble with the timing of it, so I think it's getting better."


Orioles' Chen allows one hit in two scoreless innings Thursday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2015) Orioles starting pitcher Wei-Yin Chen, who could start the season as Baltimore's No. 2 or No. 3 starter, allowed just a first-inning double during his spring debut Thursday against Tampa Bay. He struck out one in two scoreless innings.

Report: Teams appear very interested in Orioles' Wei-Yin Chen


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(12/6/2014) Sources have indicated no player on the Orioles’ roster has drawn more interest from opposing teams than pitcher Wei-Yin Chen, reports the Baltimore Sun.

Chen is a free agent after the 2015 season and the Orioles appear willing to listen to offers for the left-handed pitcher. In 2014, Chen went 16-6 with a 3.54 ERA.


Orioles bring back Wei-Yin Chen, Darren O'Day


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/30/2014) The Orioles have brought back pitcher Wei-Yin Chen and Darren O'Day for next season.

The club had options on both players and decided to pick them up. Chen posted a 3.54 ERA over 185 2/3 innings last year. O'Day posted a 1.70 ERA over 68 2/3 innings. 


Report: Orioles make option decisions on three players


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/17/2014) The Orioles have made decisions regarding team options on several players, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Among them is southpaw starter Wei-Yin Chen, whose $4.75 million option for 2015 will be picked up. The team will do the same for impressive right-handed reliever Darren O'Day, whose $4.25 million option will also be picked up.

The exception is catcher Nick Hundley. The team will not exercise his $2.5 million option, making him a free agent.


Orioles SP Wei-Yin Chen takes loss in Game 3 of ALCS


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/14/2014) Orioles pitcher Wei-Yin Chen was stuck with a loss Tuesday, surrendering two earned runs on seven hits and one walk in 5 1/3 innings while striking out four in his team's 2-1 defeat against the Royals in Game 3 of the ALCS.

Chen (0-1) gave up his first run on a groundout in the fourth inning and ran into further trouble in the sixth, when he was removed from a tie game with runners on first and third and only one out. The lead runner scored on a sacrifice fly, and the Orioles offense was unable to get the run back, taking a loss and falling behind 3-0 in the series. The two teams will play again Wednesday, with the Orioles hoping to stave off elimination.


Orioles-Royals Game 3 postponed


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/13/2014) Game 3 of the American League Championship Series between the Orioles and Royals has been postponed due to rain.

With inclement weather on tap tonight in Kansas City, the league has moved Game 3 to Tuesday evening. Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie and Orioles pitcher Wei-Yin Chen will remain the probable starters for the rescheduled game. Game 4 and Game 5 (if necessary) are scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday.


Wei-Yin Chen, Miguel Gonzalez set to pitch for Orioles in KC


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/11/2014) As expected, Buck Showalter has tabbed left-hander Wei-Yin Chen to start Game 3 of the American League Championship Series for the Orioles in Kansas City on Monday. Righty Miguel Gonzalez is set to pitch the following day.

Chen had been in consideration to pitch Game 2 on Saturday, but the nod went to Bud Norris. Gonzalez finished the regular season strong with just 10 runs allowed in his last 51 1/3 innings pitched.


Bud Norris, Wei-Yin Chen possibles for Game 2 of ALCS


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/10/2014) Buck Showalter has yet to decide on his Game 2 starter for the Orioles in their ALCS battle against Kansas City. It will either be right-hander Bud Norris or lefty Wei-Yin Chen.

Norris has performed better in the postseason. He hurled 6 1/3 shutout innings in completing a sweep of Detroit in the ALDS. Chen was clobbered for five earned runs on seven hits in 3 2/3 innings in the previous game. Only a furious Baltimore comeback saved him from a defeat.


Wei-Yin Chen allows five runs in Game 2 no-decision


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/3/2014) Orioles pitcher Wei-Yin Chen didn't factor into the decision Friday after giving up five earned runs on seven hits in just 3 2/3 innings while striking out three in his team's 7-6 win over the Tigers in Game 2 of the American League Division Series.

Chen did a fine job through three scoreless innings but tanked in the fourth, opening the inning with five straight hits, including back-to-back home runs to put the Orioles behind 5-2. He retired the next two batters he faced after serving up the home runs but was pulled after giving up a two-out single. Chen likely won't be called upon for the rest of the series, but with the Orioles up 2-0 going into Sunday's Game 3, he could be an option to start one of the first few games of the ALCS.


Wei-Yin Chen will start Game 2 of ALDS for Orioles


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/2/2014) Orioles manager Buck Showalter announced Thursday starting pitcher Wei-Yin Chen will start Game 2 of the ALDS against the Tigers. Chen is 1-0 with a 4.91 ERA in two career starts Detroit.

Wei-Yin Chen pegged with tough luck loss Saturday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/27/2014) Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen was pegged with a tough luck loss Saturday afternoon against the Blue Jays in Toronto, dropping to 16-6 on the year. He allowed three runs -- two earned -- on five hits and one walk while striking out three over six innings of a 4-2 defeat.

Chen ends his season with a 3.54 ERA, a 1.23 WHIP and 136:35 K:BB ratio over 185 2/3 innings. The southpaw is on track to start Game 2 or 3 of the American League Division Series.

Orioles' ALDS rotation taking shape


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/23/2014) Orioles manager Buck Showalter told the Baltimore Sun he will use four starting pitchers for the American League Divisional Series. Chris Tillman is on course to be the team's starter for Game 1 on Oct. 2, and Miguel Gonzalez and Wei-Yin Chen are the likely starters for Games 2 and 3, though their order has yet to be determined.

Should the series advance to a Game 4, Bud Norris would be the leading candidate to make that start.


Wei-Yin Chen suffers fifth loss of the season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/22/2014) Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen took the loss Monday night against the Yankees in New York, dropping to 16-5 on the year. He allowed four runs -- two earned -- on six hits and two walks while striking out four over six innings of a 5-0 defeat.

Chen owns a 3.56 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP over 30 starts (179 2/3 innings). His final start of the regular season will come Sunday in Toronto.


Orioles shuffle starting rotation


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/22/2014) The Orioles will start right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez at the Yankees on Tuesday, allowing them to stick to their plan of giving each of their starting pitchers an extra day of rest heading into the postseason.

"There's a fine line between not having enough rest and having too much rest, so we're trying to have every guy that pitches get one extra day before the start," manager Buck Showalter told the Baltimore Sun. “We're going to try to give everybody, so you're not too far away from the ball but you get a little extra rest. They all seem to respond well to that."

While left-hander Wei-Yin Chen will start Monday at the Yankees, right-hander Chris Tillman won't start again until Friday at Toronto. Miguel Gonzalez will start the team's final game Sunday at Toronto.

As of now, Bud Norris and Kevin Gausman are scheduled to start Wednesday's and Thursday's games at the Yankees, but that could change. Jimenez could end up making a second start before season's end.


Wei-Yin Chen picks up win No. 16


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/15/2014) Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen nearly turned in a quality start in a win over the Blue Jays Monday night, improving to 16-4 on the year. He allowed two runs on nine hits and one walk while striking out six over 5 2/3 innings of work.

Chen owns a 3.58 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP over 29 starts (173 2/3 innings). The southpaw will take the mound Monday in New York against the Yankees.