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Yang Hyun-jong, the oldest selection of the club, the most striking out of the Korean debut

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▲ Texas Rangers pitcher Hyeon-Jong Yang (36) throws to a Minnesota Twins batter during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 5, 2021, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

Left-handed pitcher Yang Hyeon-jong (33, Texas Rangers) successfully made his debut in the American Professional Baseball Major League (MLB).

Yang Hyun-jong started an away game against the Minnesota Twins held at the Minneapolis Target Field in Minnesota, USA on the 6th (Korean time), threw 66 balls in 3⅓ innings, and scored 4 hits, 1 walk, 8 strikeouts and 1 run.

He didn’t record a win or lose by handing the ball in a 1-1 confrontation situation. The average ERA went up slightly from 2.08 to 2.25.

Yang Hyun-jong caught a whopping eight strikeouts, which is the record for the most strikeouts before his debut as a pitcher from Korea.

Previously, Park Chan-ho (retired) and Ryu Hyun-jin (Toronto Blue Jays) recorded five each.

This is not the only record set by Yang Hyun-jong. He was 33 years old and 65 days old, setting the record for his MLB Texas pitching debut.

In addition, after Danny Darwin in 1980, he was the first Texas pitcher to score less than 3⅓ innings, with more than eight strikeouts.

The game started 30 minutes later than scheduled due to rain.

It was a situation where there could be a setback in preparation for the game, but Yang Hyun-jong calmly threw the ball based on the rich experience he had accumulated on the Korean stage.

He struck out all three right-handed hitters with a missed swing.

The first batter, Byron Buxton, was struck out with a fresh start, and the follow-up batter Josh Donaldson relentlessly played against the body and pulled out a false swing.

Yang Hyun-jong added an outcount by inducing a swing with a low change-up outside in the ball count 2 ball 2 strike against Nelson Cruz.

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I conceded in the second inning, but didn’t shake much.

Yang Hyeon-jong, who caught lead batter Kyle Garlic as a ground ball for shortstop, allowed a solo home run left over to follow-up hitter Mitch Garber.

Garber attacked the fastball well in the middle of the second ball.

Yang Hyun-jong responded resolutely. He threw his ball against the follow-up batter Jorge Polanco and continued pitching calmly.

He used the changeup to turn Polanco into a missed swing strikeout.

Subsequent batter Max Kepler put a 127 km/h slider into the strike zone after an eight-ball full count game and treated it as a looking strikeout.

Yang Hyun-jong’s dazzling strikeout show continued in the third episode.

He struck out three missed swings against lead batter Miguel Sano, and ninth hitter Andrelton Simmons took a strike-out knockout.

After Tasoon turned around, he struggled.

Yang Hyun-jong threw an outward low change ball at Buxton, but Buxton effectively attacked and produced doubles that exceeded the height of the left fielder.

It was a situation that could be shaken, but Yang Hyeon-jong escaped the crisis well. The innings ended with Donaldson as a foul fly at first base.

After reading the pitching pattern, Yang Hyeon-jong allowed 4 consecutive hits against 1-1.

He gave a heavy hit to Cruz and a recognized double that went over the left fence with a one-bound to Garlic, and was struck by a safe second and third base crisis.

The embarrassed Yang Hyeon-jong gave Gabor his first walk, and was in danger of being safely overrun.

However, it did not lead to mass concessions.

Yang Hyun-jong was replaced with a valuable strikeout by inducing a missed swing with a high ball outside against Polanco.

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Texas coach Chris Woodward reached out and shook hands with Hyun-jong Yang, then patted his shoulder lightly as a sign of encouragement.

Bullpen pitcher John King finished the inning with a zero run, and Yang Hyun-jong’s own score did not increase.

Texas turned 1-1 in the 6th unsuccessful 1st and 3rd base opportunity and turned into an opposing pitcher’s explosive blow, and won 3-1 with Andy Ivanes’ sacrifice on the subsequent 1st 2nd and 3rd base.

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