Adam Jones high fives Wei-Yin Chen
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Adam Jones gave teammate Wei-Yin Chen the ultimate Twitter compliment on Sunday night.  “Oh yea Chen has Gorilla balls when he takes the mound,” @SimplyAJ10 tweeted, channeling the all-time great baseball flick Major League.

And Jones couldn’t be more right.  After allowing five runs on five hits in the first inning on Sunday, Chen settled in, then maintained a 7-5 lead and eventually earned his 12th big league win for the Baltimore Orioles.  Chen forced slugger Prince Fielder to ground into a double play with two on in the 2nd inning and retired the side in the 3rd and 5th.

Final line: 5 innings, 7 hits (5 in the first inning), 5 earned runs (all in the first inning), 2 walks, 4 strikeouts and most importantly a “W”.

Jones called it “gorilla balls,” I call it amazing confidence.  Either way, Chen has been a huge part of the Orioles success in 2012.