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OAK 1, LAA 6: Athletics dominated by Shohei Ohtani and the Angels

Shohei Ohtani Defies Asian-Athlete Stereotypes in MLB Debut Los Angeles Angels: Is Shohei Ohtani MLB's next great Superstar?
Eugene Bates | 10 April, 2018, 20:25

The Los Angeles Angels' pitcher finished with an impressive 12 strikeouts.

You may want to tune into the @Angels game.... The right-hander was outstanding in his first start with Houston, striking out 11 batters over seven innings and allowing one run on only two hits against the Rangers. Bettors can also wager on the game's runline with the odds sitting at Athletics +1.5 runs (+170) and Angels -1.5 runs (-180). He struck out the side again in the fifth inning. But after simplifying his leg raise, Ohtani broke out with a three-hit performance against Cleveland in his first game at Angel Stadium and followed that up by taking two-time American League Cy Young Award victor Corey Kluber deep to the opposite field the next day.

During his five-year stint with the Fighters in Japan, Ohtani managed a 2.52 ERA and averaged 10.9 strikeouts per nine innings, all while hitting.286/.358/.500 and snagging the Pacific League MVP when he was just 21 years old. There isn't such a tab for Aaron Judge, the New York Yankees poster-child and AL MVP runner-up previous year, or even Mike Trout, the two time MVP who is projected to finish in the top 10 Wins Above Replacement ratings of all time when he's done. Manager Mike Scioscia expressed concern and general manager Billy Eppler discussed the possibility of extended spring training in an effort to help Ohtani adapt to the American style of the game. Three home runs in three straight home games was special, but who knew that his first trip to the mound in Anaheim would surpass his week at the plate?

Ohtani threw six flawless innings against the A's before Marcus Semien singled to left with one out in the 7th inning to break up the ideal game.

Miami's Brian Anderson hit a tiebreaking two-run double as the Marlins scored three runs in the eighth off Luis Garcia (0-1) and Adam Morgan. The matchup will get underway at 1:07 p.m. ET and NBC Sports - California will be televising the game. Molina appeared to lunge at Luvollo and made contact as players ran onto the field.

Upton's homer capped a five-run seventh inning for the Angels and highlighted their comeback from an early 6-0 deficit. Washington intentionally walked Michael Conforto, and then Cespedes - hitless in five previous at-bats - splintered his bat on a soft liner to center field. The Oakland Athletics are 4-4 this season when scoring at least three runs.

Pirates 5, Reds 0 • In Pittsburgh, Jameson Taillon (2-0) pitched a one-hitter for his first shutout in 45 major league starts, allowing Tyler Mahle's single to center with one out in the third. It was also the first time this season that Chapman has failed to reach base in a game. Taillon added an RBI single off Mahle (1-1) in the second.

Blake Treinen (0-1) took the loss.

Already 1-0, Ohtani is flawless through six innings in his second start against the Oakland Athletics.

Nick Markakis and Dansby Swanson hit back-to-back homers off Kyle Freeland (0-2).

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