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Twins' Park Byung-ho homers for 2nd consecutive game

All Headlines 08:02 March 09, 2016

SEOUL, March 9 (Yonhap) -- The Minnesota Twins' Park Byung-ho homered for his second straight spring game on Tuesday in Florida.

The four-time South Korean home run king blasted a solo shot off Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Gavin Floyd in the second inning of their Grapefruit League game in Dunedin, Florida.

It was Park's second home run in as many games. He launched a grand slam on Sunday and had a day off Monday before returning to action against the Jays.

Park's home run cut the Twins' deficit to 5-1, but Minnesota went on to lose the game 9-3.

Park, batting fifth and playing first, went 1-for-2 with an RBI. He struck out against Roberto Hernandez to start the fifth and was lifted in the sixth for Alex Swim.

Park signed a four-year deal with the Twins in December after getting posted by his Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) club, the Nexen Heroes. He hit 53 home runs in 2015 and 52 the season before, becoming the first KBO player to hit 50 or more home runs in back-to-back seasons. He's also the only KBO player to lead the league in home runs for four consecutive years.

He's hitting 3-for-13 with two home runs, six RBIs and four runs scored in his first big league spring.

Though he'd been primarily a first baseman back home, Park is expected to be the Twins' primary designated hitter and spell veteran Joe Mauer at the bag.

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