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Nexen Heroes post their slugger shortstop

The Korea Baseball Organization announced on Monday the Nexen Heroes have posted their power-hitting shortstop Kang Jung-ho.

The news attracted considerable attention in the United States.

Although the shortstop market is thin, many clubs view Kang as a second baseman, according to MLB.com.

Though Kang might be shifted to a new polsition and has an unorthodox batting style of lifting his left knee before swinging, several teams in the MLB are known to be interested.

CBS Sports reported Dec. 8 that the Mets, Giants and A’s are considering the infielder.

Kang hit .356 with a .459 OBP (on-base percentage), 1.198 OPS(on-base plus slugging), 117 RBIs and 40 homers this year. It was his best season in nine years with the team, including two when it was the Hyundai Unicorns.

He also was selected as MVP of the second round of the postseason this year, leading Nexen to its first Korean Series.

By Kim Bong-moon



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Chalmers beats Scott in Australian PGA

Greg Chalmers made par on the seventh hole of a playoff while Adam Scott three-putted for bogey to hand the Australian left-hander the Australian PGA Championship.

Chalmers, who shot an 8-under 64 Sunday at Royal Pines after trailing the leaders by seven strokes going into the final round, and Scott and Wade Ormsby, who both shot 71, finished with 72-hole totals of 11-under 277.

Ormsby dropped out of the playoff when he made par on the third playoff hole, while Chalmers and Scott birdied.

Scott missed a 12-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole that would have won it and did the same on the second extra hole, when Ormsby missed from seven feet.

Chalmers finished his round about an hour before the other two players in the playoff. He won the Australian PGA Championship in 2011, also in a three-way playoff.

The playoff was the longest for a top-tier tournament in Australia.

On the third playoff hole, Ormsby’s bid for a second pro win faded as he went wide on his approach.

AP
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