Four inter-Korean basketball games to take place in North
The Koreas plan to hold four basketball matches in the North’s capital of Pyongyang over two days next week, the South’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism said on Monday.
The Koreas will face each other in exhibition games and swap players for mixed competitions on July 4 and 5, said Hwang Seong-un, a spokesman for the ministry. The two sides reached an agreement on the basketball games and other sports exchanges on June 18.
The two sides settled on the July 4 date to commemorate the announcement of the Joint Communique between North and South in 1972. It will be the fourth time that the Koreas are meeting on the basketball court and the first in 15 years.
Kang, Choi make no hits in minor-league match-up
Two Korean batters went hitless in their Triple-A match-up against each other.
Kang Jung-ho of the Indianapolis Indians, an affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates, went 0-for-4, and Choi Ji-man of the Durham Bulls, a Tampa Bay Rays affiliate, was 0-for-1 in their game at Victory Field in Indianapolis on Sunday. The Bulls prevailed 2-1.
Kang, who batted third and played shortstop, grounded into a double play in the bottom first and had two more groundouts in the fourth and sixth innings. He struck out in the eighth. In the Triple-A, he is batting .235 with five RBIs in nine games.
Choi, a first baseman, grounded out to second base in the second inning and was lifted for Michael Russell at first base with one out in the third. Since joining the Rays earlier this month, he has batted .344 with two home runs and six RBIs in 10 games.