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The Blue Jays signed Chien-Ming Wang and got 20 new beat reporters free

On Sunday, the Blue Jays announced that Taiwanese right-hander Chien-Ming Wang would be called up to start Tuesday's game in Chicago.

The move, which rippled through North America, also sent shockwaves to Taiwan. Wang won 38 games with the Yankees in 2006-07 but hadn't been the same since suffering a freak foot injury running the bases in 2008.

When the transaction became official on Tuesday afternoon, White Sox officials were completely inundated with Taiwanese credential requests. In total, they issued just shy of 20 credentials to seven different affiliates in Taiwan.


"I haven't slept for about a day," said a Taiwanese media member who landed in America that morning. "I feel dizzy."


Hundreds of fans of Taiwanese descent also traveled to U.S. Cellular Field to witness Wang's 2013 debut. Wang, who became the fourth player from Taiwan to play in the Major Leagues in 2005, threw 93 pitches against the White Sox on Tuesday, allowing five earned runs on 10 hits in 7 1/3 innings.

-- Evan Vladem / Real-Time Correspondent