Wei-Yin Chen made his Major League debut for the Orioles last night, and he made an impact early, hitting Alex Rodriguez with a pitch in the first inning. That was number 158 for Rodriguez, putting him into 16th place on the all time list, tied again with Derek Jeter. Chen is the first pitcher from Taiwan to plunk Alex Rodriguez, and he’s the 514th pitcher to hit a batter for the Orioles. Matt Lindstrom became the 515th when he hit Nick Swisher later in the game. Swisher’s plunk was the 4300th in Yankees history.
In Chicago, Paul Maholm resumed his favorite hobby of hitting Brewers batters with pitches. He hit Corey Hart and Mat Gamel in the first inning. That was the 2nd time he’s plunked Corey Hart, and he has now hit 10 Brewers. That makes him just the 6th pitcher ever to hit 10 Brewers, and he’s 4 short of Kerry Wood‘s record for plunking Brewers. Those were plunks 54 and 55 of Maholm’s career. Also in that game Alex Gonzalez got his 77th career plunk on a throw from Rodrigo Lopez. That plunk was the 100th time a Cubs pitcher has hit a Brewers batter (though only 66 have been thrown in the other direction in that matchup).