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(LEAD) Rangers' Choo Shin-soo hits 200th homer

All Headlines 14:09 June 05, 2019

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SEOUL, June 5 (Yonhap) -- Texas Rangers' Choo Shin-soo has belted the 200th homer of his career to become the first Asian player to reach that plateau in Major League Baseball (MLB).

The South Korean left fielder led off the bottom first with a solo home run off Dylan Bundy of the Baltimore Orioles at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas, on Tuesday (U.S. time).

In this Getty Images photo, Choo Shin-soo of the Texas Rangers rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against the Baltimore Orioles in the bottom of the first inning of a Major League Baseball regular season game at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas, on June 4, 2019. (Yonhap)

It was his 11th homer of the season and No. 200 of his 15-year big league career.

Choo went 2-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored, as the Rangers dropped the slugfest 12-11.

Choo became the career home runs leader among Asian big leaguers in May last year, when he reached 176 homers to move past former New York Yankees outfielder Hideki Matsui.

Matsui is long retired, and No. 3 on the Asian home runs list, Ichiro Suzuki, has also called it quits with 117 long balls.

Choo, who made his big league debut with the Seattle Mariners in 2005, has had six 20-homer seasons, three of them coming over the past four seasons in a Rangers uniform. His career high for a season is 22, set in 2010 with the Cleveland Indians and matched in 2015 and 2017.

At 11 homers in 55 games this year, Choo is on pace to reach the 20-homer mark again.

In this Reuters photo via USA Today Sports, Choo Shin-soo of the Texas Rangers takes a swing against the Baltimore Orioles in the bottom of the fourth inning of a Major League Baseball regular season game at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas, on June 4, 2019. (Yonhap)

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