Kang Jung-ho hits first homer in MLB

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Kang Jung-ho hits first homer in MLB

Pittsburgh Pirates’ Korean shortstop Kang Jung-ho hit his first home run with a Major League Baseball (MLB) club on Tuesday in a preseason game opener against the Toronto Blue Jays in Florida.

With the Pirates having a 5-0 lead in the third inning, Kang, who inked a four-year deal worth $11 million with the Pirates with a club option for $5.5 million in 2019, slugged a fastball from Toronto’s right-hander Marco Estrada in his second at-bat and clinched a solo home run over Auto Exchange Stadium’s right-center fence.

Kang, who was sixth hitter on the lineup, played 5 1/2 innings on Tuesday. He grounded out at his first at-bat, and then a walk in the fifth inning.

By Joo Kyung-don

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