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Rays' Choi Ji-man stretches hitting streak to 13 with pinch-hit single

All News 15:04 June 16, 2022

By Yoo Jee-ho

SEOUL, June 16 (Yonhap) -- Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Choi Ji-man has extended his hitting streak to 13 games, delivering a single as a pinch hitter.

Choi came off the bench for an RBI single against the New York Yankees in the top of the eighth inning at Yankee Stadium in New York on Wednesday (local time). Choi's hit against reliever Lucas Luetge cut the Rays' deficit to 4-2, and the Rays scored another in that same inning to get to within 4-3 before losing by that same score.

In this Getty Images photo, Choi Ji-man of the Tampa Bay Rays (R) hits an RBI single against the New York Yankees during the top of the eighth inning of a Major League Baseball regular season game at Yankee Stadium in New York on June 15, 2022. (Yonhap)

Choi, who bats left-handed and is often benched against southpaws, didn't get the start against New York's left-handed starter Nestor Cortes. Choi instead entered the game with runners at first and second with two outs in the eighth, and picked up his team-best 32nd RBI while also keeping his career-high hitting streak alive.

Choi is now batting .288 for the season.

In this USA Today Sports photo via Reuters, Choi Ji-man of the Tampa Bay Rays takes a lead at first base against the New York Yankees during the top of the eighth inning of a Major League Baseball regular season game at Yankee Stadium in New York on June 15, 2022. (Yonhap)

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