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Ji-Man Choi is playing first base and batting leadoff in Game 6 of the World Series on Tuesday night.
Tampa Bay is mixing things up with their backs to the wall in this one. Choi hasn't been in the lineup since Game 3 but he draws the start opposite right-hander Tony Gonsolin. Blake Snell is on the mound for the Rays as they try to keep their season alive.
Ji-Man Choi went 2-for-2 with a solo home run and two walks during Thursday's 4-3 loss to the Astros in Game 5 of the ALCS.
Choi took Josh James deep in the eighth inning to tie the game 3-3-. It was his second long ball of the postseason. Choi sits against lefties and continues to platoon with Yandy Diaz. With LHP Framber Valdez projected to be on the mound for Game 6, Choi could be out of the lineup. The 29-year-old is is hitting .259 (7-for-27) with two home runs, seven RBI and four runs scored this postseason.
Ji-Man Choi went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run and one walk in Monday's 9-3 Game 1 loss to the Yankees.
Choi took Gerrit Cole deep in the fourth inning to give the Rays a 3-2 lead. He missed the last two weeks of the regular season due to a hamstring injury, but is fully recovered. Choi is hitting .167 (1-for-6) with a two-run homer over two games during the 2020 postseason.
Ji-Man Choi (hamstring) got in a full workout on Friday.
The Rays are hoping to have Choi back sometime towards the beginning of the playoffs but that isn't a certainty just yet.
Ji-Man Choi (hamstring) took live at-bats at the Rays' alternate training site on Tuesday.
However, Choi still isn't close to returning as he has yet to advance to full-speed running drills. It sounds as if Choi can be safely ruled out for the remainder of the regular season. Both he and Yandy Diaz (hamstring) are attempting to return at some point during Tampa Bay's postseason run.