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Ex-Angels 1B Bour to play next season in Japan

Ex-Angels 1B Bour to play next season in Japan
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FILE PHOTO: July 14, 2019; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels pinch hitter Justin Bour (41) hits a single against the Seattle Mariners during the eighth inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Veteran first baseman Justin Bour has agreed to play next season with the Hanshin Tigers in Japan, according to a report from the Japan Times.

The 31-year-old Bour is coming off a difficult season in which he hit .172 with eight homers and 26 RBIs in 52 games with the Los Angeles Angels. He became a free agent at the end of the season.

Bour has belted 92 career homers over parts of six seasons with the Miami Marlins, Philadelphia Phillies and Angels. The left-handed slugger has an .833 on-base plus slugging percentage against right-handers, but his OPS plummets to .630 against southpaws.

Hanshin wanted to boost its lineup after finishing last in runs scored in Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball league, according to the newspaper.
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