Published: Tue, April 10, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Shohei Ohtani continues an absurd start to his major league career

Shohei Ohtani continues an absurd start to his major league career

April 8, 2018; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani (17) is greeted by teammates at the dugout contrary to the Oakland Athletics during a MLB baseball match at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Ohtani also walked a batter in the inning but struck out Matt Olson to end the scoring threat. Mixing 99 miles per hour fastballs with precipitous breaking pitches, Ohtani (2-0) was too much for Oakland - until the seventh, when he showed resilience, too. Ohtani is an Asian baseball player - just like how I am an Asian-American baseball fan - and he is not just trying to dominate this league. In the 12th, with Kenley Jansen on the mound, McCutchen laced another single into right field and tied the career-high mark he set back in May 2010, with five hits. How can I pass on that when it's got an underdog price tag? With three homers and seven RBI in his first eight Major League Baseball games, the Japanese sensation is dominating from a plate early on his career. The right-hander beat them in Oakland on Sunday, giving up three runs and three hits in six innings, with one walk and six strikeouts. This is due to the fact that Ohtani has a unsafe splitter ball in his arsenal, a pitch he used to retire four batters.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia does not plan to use Ohtani as the designated hitter on Saturday and have him get a chance to extend his homer streak.

RED SOX 8, RAYS 7 Boston's Xander Bogaerts left with a left ankle injury in the seventh inning of the Red Sox' victory over visiting Tampa Bay. Tampa Bay has dropped eight straight since its win on opening day.

Angels: LHP Andrew Heaney (elbow inflammation) gave up one run and two hits while striking out six in 6 1/3 innings in a rehab assignment at Single-A Inland Empire.

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ORIOLES 8, YANKEES 7, 12 INNINGS Brad Brach escaped his own bases-loaded, no-out jam in the 12th inning, getting his second save for visiting Baltimore when Aaron Judge grounded into a rare pitcher-to-catcher-to-third double play and striking out Giancarlo Stanton.

After allowing 12 home runs in 105 1/3 innings pitched last season, Graveman is now 0-2 and has allowed at least one home run in each of his first three starts and five total homers in just 13 1/3 innings. But while there are 30 teams in the MLB with 25-player active rosters that all competed on this day, there seemed to be a massive spotlight shining on a single member of the league: the Los Angeles Angels' Shohei Ohtani.

Angels: Garrett Richards (1-0, 5.06 ERA) takes the mound Monday when Los Angeles opens a road trip against the Texas Rangers. "One hit would [mean] two runs, and it's a huge difference". His pitching still has to iron out a little, but he had a decent first start against the Athletics.

Third baseman Matt Chapman and second baseman Jed Lowrie have led Oakland's offense. He was ideal through 19 Oakland batters Sunday, at which point, combined with a debut outing that also came against the A's, he had retired 27 straight hapless hitters.

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