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Choo proves again to be reliable hitter for Rangers

Choo Shin-soo, the designated hitter for the Texas Rangers, has now been on base in 43 consecutive games.

Choo extended his streak by going 2-for-3 with two walks, one RBI and one run scored against the Houston Astros at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas, on Tuesday.

The Rangers lost the game 5-3.

Choo’s current streak is the longest of its kind in Major League Baseball this year. He also has the third-longest on-base run in a single season in franchise history, with Julio Franco’s 46-game streak in 1993 topping the list.

Facing starter Dallas Keuchel, Choo struck out swinging in a seven-pitch at-bat in the bottom of the first inning. But Choo drew a four-pitch walk from Keuchel his next time up in the bottom of the third. Choo got the better of the Astros’ left-hander in the fifth, with an RBI single to left field that cut Houston’s lead to 5-2.

Choo drew a walk off the new Houston pitcher, Chris Devenski, in the eighth inning and came around to score on a groundout to make it a 5-3 game.

The Rangers stranded the bases loaded in the eighth and couldn’t muster up any offense in the bottom of the ninth, even after Choo reached with a two-out infield single off Hector Rondon. During his 43-game on-base streak, Choo has reached base 96 times.


KFA denies rumors of foreign search for Team Korea coach

Korea’s governing body for football on Wednesday denied reports that it had contacted a World Cup-winning coach for its national team job.

The Korea Football Association said it was not considering Luiz Felipe Scolari as a possible head coach for the men’s national team, since its evaluation of the current manager, Shin Tae-yong, comes before contacting other possible candidates.

Shin led the team in this year’s World Cup, where Korea suffered a group stage exit with one win and two losses. His contract with the Korea Football Association expires at the end of this month.

“At this point, we first have to evaluate Shin,” Cho Jun-heon, the association’s media officer, said. “We may consider hiring a new coach after reviewing Shin’s performance.”

The Korea Football Association’s national team coach selection committee is scheduled to hold a meeting today to review Shin’s performance. It will look for a new coach if it decides not to retain Shin, who took the job in July 2017.

Earlier, Brazilian outlets reported that the Korea Football Association might replace Shin with Scolari. Some suggested Korea has already contacted the 69-year-old Brazilian.

Scolari is best known for leading his home country to the 2002 World Cup title. He also guided Portugal to a runner-up finish at the Euro 2004 and fourth place at the 2006 World Cup.

The former Chelsea manager also coached Brazil at the 2014 World Cup at home, where the team suffered a shocking 7-1 defeat to eventual champion Germany in the semifinals and lost 3-0 to the Netherlands in the third-place match.

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