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Chen ties Mariano for Panamanian wins mark

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CHICAGO -- Bruce Chen and Mariano Rivera now share something besides their homeland. Both of the longtime pitchers have 82 career victories, tying them for the most by a Panamanian-born player.

Chen earned No. 82 in the Royals' 7-1 victory over the White Sox on Tuesday night. Rivera retired with that many after his Hall of Fame career with the Yankees.

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A Panamanian flag hung in Chen's locker after the game.

Would Chen text Rivera to give him the news?

"I don't have Mariano's number," he said. "But I know him, I've trained with him and he's a great baseball player. I think he's going to be very happy that I was able to tie him."

Rivera retired after last season with an 82-60 record, all with the Yankees. Chen is 82-78, compiled with 10 different teams.

Of course, Rivera has a fairly substantial lead over Chen in the matter of games saved.

"I think he has like 650-something. I lost count," Chen said. "I've got one. He's not shutting me out."

No, he's not. But the score is 652-1.

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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