Date: Jun 28, 2017
By Jason Pan / Staff reporter
Taiwanese rookie Lin Tzu-wei on Monday made history by getting a hit in his first at-bat in the US major
leagues and played good defense to help the Boston Red Sox to a 4-1 victory over the visiting Minnesota Twins.
Only called up three days ago from the Red Sox’s Double-A affiliate the Portland Sea Dogs, the 23-year-old infielder got his first chance in the second inning.
The left-hitting Lin slapped a line drive into centerfield against Minnesota starting pitcher Jose Berrios and made it to first to the cheers of the Boston crowd at Fenway Park.
“I still feel a little bit nervous, but after getting the first out, I knew there would be more coming the rest of the game,” Lin was quoted as saying by Boston media.
“I don’t want to think too much,” he said.
“I’ve picked up some confidence,” Lin said. “You don’t want to be overconfident. Just take it pitch by pitch.”
Boston manager John Farrell penciled Lin into the starting line-up as third baseman and ninth on the batting roster.
Farrell was quoted as saying that Lin “handled it extremely well tonight,” adding that he would play more this season, as he brings the advantage of a left-handed batter and has been reliable in defense.