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MLB confirms Dodgers trip to Taiwan

January 23, 2010 |  9:28 am

Dodgerslogo_175 It's official: The Dodgers are headed to Taiwan.

Not all of them, of course. But Major League Baseball confirmed this morning that the Dodgers will send a split-squad to Taiwan for exhibition games March 13 and 14. The Dodgers have yet to determine which players will make the trip, although their two Taiwanese players -- pitcher Hong-Chih Kuo and infielder Chin-lung Hu -- are expected to be among them.

The Dodgers visited mainland China for two exhibition games in 2008, along with the San Diego Padres. No major league team will join the Dodgers this time. Instead, the Dodgers will play against an unspecified team from the Taiwanese league.

The Dodgers previously played in Taiwan in 1993.

"We're very excited to return to Taiwan and continue to strengthen the relationships that date back to
the 1980s," Dodgers owner Frank McCourt said in a statement. "The Dodgers believe wholeheartedly in the development of the game of baseball internationally and we have many fans in Taiwan who we look forward to seeing in March."

-- Bill Shaikin