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(LEAD) Angels' Choi Ji-man belts first major league home run

All News 15:32 July 19, 2016

(ATTN: UPDATES with final result; ADDS photo)

SEOUL, July 19 (Yonhap) -- Choi Ji-man of the Los Angeles Angels has finally gone deep in the majors.

Choi hit his first career big league home run off the Texas Rangers starter A.J. Griffin at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on Monday (local time).

The South Korean first baseman led off the bottom of the fifth with the Angels down 4-2, and crushed Griffin's first-pitch fastball over the right field wall to make it a one-run game.

The home run came in Choi's 34th at-bat.

It was also Choi's only hit of the game. He was 1-for-4 and is now batting .167 this season.

Sparked by Choi's blast, the Angels rallied from a 4-0 deficit to win 9-5. They scored twice in the sixth and added four more in the seventh.

Choi, a Rule 5 pick by the Angels last year, made the Opening Day roster for the first time, after six seasons in the minors. He made his big league debut in April but was sent down to the minors in May after clearing waivers.

Choi returned to the majors on July 9 in place of injured C.J. Cron, and prior to Monday, Choi had batted 4-for-14 with an RBI, two walks and a steal since the call-up.


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