Baseball: Hanshin slugger Bour heads to U.S., not expected to return to team

Hanshin Tigers lefty slugger Justin Bour, who joined Nippon Professional Baseball in December, has returned to the United States as the team shut him down for the rest of the season, the Central League team said Saturday.The Tigers signed the 32-year-old Bour to a 270 million yen contract, but he failed to live up to his salary, batting .243 with 45 RBIs and 17 homers in 99 games before he was removed from the active roster on Oct. 22.Bour, who played for the Los Angeles Angels in 2019, began the season batting cleanup but he never regained his old form that saw him hit 25 homers in 2017, when…

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