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(LEAD) Orioles' Kim Hyun-soo hits safely in 3rd consecutive game

All Headlines 10:45 March 14, 2016

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SEOUL, March 14 (Yonhap) -- After going hitless in his first seven spring training games, Kim Hyun-soo of the Baltimore Orioles has now hit safely in three straight games.

The South Korean, batting sixth and playing left field, went 1-for-2 with an RBI against the Minnesota Twins at CenturyLink Sports Complex in Fort Myers, Florida, on Sunday.

He drove in the Orioles' third run of the first inning with a sacrifice fly off Minnesota starter Ricky Nolasco.

After grounding out to second in the third, Kim hit a two-out single in the fifth off left-hander Fernando Abad.

It was Kim's third hit in three games, but the first to leave the infield.

Kim was lifted for pinch hitter L.J. Hoes with one out in the eighth. Kim is batting .103 (3-for-29) in the spring.

The Twins' South Korean designated hitter/first baseman, Park Byung-ho, sat out the game, which the Twins claimed 14-5.

Elsewhere, Seattle Mariners' Lee Dae-ho went 0-for-2 against the Cincinnati Reds. He hit into a double play his first time up and struck out in his next at-bat. The Reds beat the M's 5-3.

The hulking first baseman/designated hitter, hoping to make the 25-man roster after signing a minor league deal with Seattle, left three men on base. The non-roster invitee is batting .267 (4-for-15) in the spring with a home run and three RBIs.

The Mariners on Sunday released Gaby Sanchez, one of Lee's rivals in the battle for a backup first-base spot. The seven-year big league veteran had a non-roster invitation to the camp but fell behind Lee and Jesus Montero after hitting 4-for-16 in nine games with no home run.

The Mariners acquired veteran Adam Lind in winter to be their everyday first baseman, but they're also looking for a viable right-handed option off the bench given the left-handed hitting Lind's struggles against southpaws.

Montero, a long-time prospect, is out of minor league options, meaning if the Mariners choose not to put him on their 25-man roster, he would have to be designated for assignment and he can't be sent to the minors without clearing waivers.

Lee, on the other hand, has an opt-out clause, which would allow him to declare free agency at the end of spring training instead of accepting a minor league assignment.

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