Michael Morse had an RBI double for a team of major leaguers who claimed a rain-shortened 7-0 victory over Chinese Taipei in the first game of the 2011 Taiwan All-Star Series on Tuesday night.
The game, played at Xinzhuang Stadium in Taipei, will be broadcast on tape delay tonight at 9 p.m. on the MLB Network. The five-game series continues with Games 2 and 3 at Intercontinental Stadium in Taichung on Thursday and Friday, while Games 4 and 5 are slated at Chengcing Lake Stadium in Kaohsiung on Saturday and Sunday.
Morse doubled home the Yankees' Curtis Granderson - who had hit a grand slam in the third inning - in the fifth. The game was called with the major leaguers batting in the top of the sixth.
Nationals pitchers Collin Balester and Ross Detwiler are also part of the roster of major leaguers participating in the exhibition series. Chien-Ming Wang, who pitched for Washington in 2011 and is expected to re-sign with the club for 2012, will pitch for his native Taiwan in one of the games later in the series.
Because Wang is currently a free agent, the Nationals will have no control over when or how many innings he pitches. However, general manager Mike Rizzo said last week that the team and Wang's representative, Alan Nero, had been in contact to discuss Wang's workload during the exhibition series.