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Rays' Choi Ji-man extends hitting streak to 11 games

All News 09:36 June 13, 2022

By Yoo Jee-ho

SEOUL, June 13 (Yonhap) -- The Tampa Bay Rays' South Korean first baseman Choi Ji-man has extended his career-high hitting streak to 11 games.

Choi went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a walk in a 6-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins at Target Field in Minneapolis on Sunday (local time).

In this Associated Press photo, Choi Ji-man of the Tampa Bay Rays (L) celebrates with pitcher Colin Poche after beating the Minnesota Twins 6-0 in a Major League Baseball regular season game at Target Field in Minneapolis on June 12, 2022. (Yonhap)

Batting second, Choi grounded out to shortstop in the first inning, but then drove in the game's first run with an infield single in the third inning.

It gave Choi an RBI in four straight games, one shy of matching a career-best streak of five games set in May 2021 and matched in April this year.

Choi struck out in the fifth and drew a walk in the seventh. He then doubled in his final plate appearance in the ninth inning for his ninth multihit game out of 41 he's played so far in 2022.

Choi had 10 multihit games in 83 games last season.

During his current hitting streak, Choi has raised his batting average from .258 to .284.

Choi is tied with Randy Arozarena for the Rays' team lead at 31 RBIs, despite playing in 17 fewer games and recording 90 fewer at-bats than the outfielder.

In this Associated Press photo, Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Choi Ji-man (L) catches the throw from third baseman Yandy Diaz after Minnesota Twins' Jose Miranda (R)) hit a ground ball during the bottom of the ninth inning of a Major League Baseball regular season game at Target Field in Minneapolis on June 12, 2022. (Yonhap)

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