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Jung Ho Kang’s eight-month suspended sentence for DUI upheld in South Korea

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During the offseason, Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang was arrested in South Korea for a DUI and fleeing the scene. It was actually his third DUI arrest since 2009. He was given an eight-month suspended sentence, which he appealed. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, via the Associated Press, reports that Kang lost his appeal.

Kang’s lawyers called Kang’s punishment a “death sentence” to his baseball career. He was denied a visa to enter the United States in March, presumably linked to his DUI trouble.

Kang, due to the suspended sentence, can avoid jail time if he is on his best behavior over the next two years. But it’s quite possible that he won’t play baseball in the U.S. again.

In December, Kang crashed his rented BMW into a guard rail and fled the scene around 3 AM. He reportedly had a blood alcohol level at 0.084 percent, which was over South Korea’s legal limit of 0.05 percent.

Video: Athletics tie home run record on the road

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The Athletics tied a league record on Saturday thanks to Stephen Piscotty, who launched a two-run, 396-foot home run off of the White Sox’ Dylan Covey to put the club on the board in the second inning. The homer may not have erased the five-run deficit the A’s were working against, but it extended their home run streak to 24 consecutive road games — tying the 1996 Orioles for the longest home run streak on the road in 22 years.

Following Piscotty’s blast, they eventually tied things up in the fifth inning with a sac fly from Dustin Fowler and a two-run double off the bat of Jed Lowrie. Daniel Mengden, meanwhile, was forced off the mound after just two innings; he expended 44 pitches and gave up five runs on four hits and two walks.

The Athletics are currently tied with the White Sox 5-5 in the fifth. They’ll attempt to get a leg up in the series finale — and earn the standalone league record for most consecutive road games with a home run — when right-hander Paul Blackburn and southpaw Carlos Rodon go head-to-head on Sunday at 2:10 PM ET.