Orioles turn to a pair of foreign left-handers

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SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) -- For 14 consecutive seasons, the Baltimore Orioles have tried nearly everything to improve. Now, they're going the foreign route.

Dan Duquette, the Orioles new top baseball man, believes that one way for the team to get better is to look outside the United States -- for players. Two of Duquette's first two signings were left-handed starters Wei-Yin Chen from Taiwan and Japan's Tsuyoshi Wada.

Both Chen and Wada are veterans of Japanese baseball, but now they have to adjust to U.S. baseball -- and do it in the rugged AL East.

The 31-year-old Wada signed a two-year $8.15 million contract; the 26-yer-old Chen signed a three-year, $11.3 million deal.

Catcher Matt Wieters says he hopes Wada and Chen have the kind of command former Orioles pitcher Koji Uehara had.