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Orioles' Kim Hyun-soo ends drought, picks up first U.S. hit, RBI

All Headlines 07:46 March 11, 2016

SEOUL, March 11 (Yonhap) -- Baltimore Orioles outfielder Kim Hyun-soo ended a long drought at the plate to pick up his first U.S. hit and RBI in preseason action Thursday.

Kim snapped out of a 0-for-23 funk with a bases-loaded single in the bottom of the seventh against the New York Yankees in Sarasota, Florida.

Kim's RBI made it 4-2 Yankees, and the O's two more runs in the same inning drew the game even. It ended in a 4-4 tie.

Kim was 1-for-3 with an RBI, and he was also hit by a pitch in the fourth. He was the last player with 20 or more at-bats in preseason to get a hit.

Kim batted sixth and served as the designated hitter. He had played left field in his previous seven games.

The 28-year-old signed a two-year deal with the Orioles in December after an All-Star career with the Doosan Bears in the Korea Baseball Organization. Kim has a lifetime batting average of .318, second-highest among all active players with at least 3,000 plate appearances. He has a career on-base percentage of .406, with 597 walks against 501 strikeouts in 1,131 career games.

Dubbed the "Hitting Machine" back home, Kim is expected to fill the Orioles' void on the left side of the plate.

jeeho@yna.co.kr
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