Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher/designated hitter Shohei Ohtani is not in Saturday's lineup against the Oakland Athletics. The third baseman enjoyed a breakout season in the minors a year ago, hitting.282 with 31 home runs and 94 RBIs while playing the majority of his games at the Double-A level. Before all that, he also tossed six strong innings vs. the A's in his pitching debut. The two-way newcomer from Japan beat the Athletics last weekend in his pitching debut, holding them to three hits in six innings. Mixing 99 miles per hour fastballs with precipitous breaking pitches and tremendous professional cool, Ohtani (2-0) was too much for Oakland - until the seventh, when he showed resilience, too.
Although he isn't hitting in the same games in which he pitches, Ohtani homered in three consecutive games earlier in the Angels' homestand.
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Indians 3, Royals 1 • In Cleveland, Yan Gomes hit a tiebreaking two-run homer off Brandon Maurer (0-2) in the ninth inning. First baseman Matt Olson could not scoop it, allowing two runs to score and tie the game. Trout joined a club of nine players in baseball history, including Pujols, who had 200 homers and 700 runs scored before their age-27 season. He is proving that Asian ballplayers can be sluggers who rake home runs with Judge or Trout, and they can even be two-way players like Babe Ruth. Taillon added an RBI single off Mahle (1-1) in the second. Mark Canha was recalled from Triple-A Nashville. Powell will return to Oakland for an MRI on Monday. He was injured Friday, when he crashed into the wall and later got his spikes stuck in the dirt while running the bases.
ANAHEIM, California-Shohei Ohtani has homered in his third straight game for the Los Angeles Angels, launching a drive estimated at 449 feet. Andrew Heaney and Matt Shoemaker also are out.
Leonys Martin blooped a single off Reynaldo Lopez (0-1) starting the game, stole second, advanced on Welington Castillo's passed ball and came home on Miguel Cabrera's sacrifice fly.
Los Angeles (+110) is coming into this one as the underdog to Oakland (-130) and oddsmakers have put the Over/Under for this day game at 8.5 runs (-105 for the under and -115 for the over).
The 23-year-old newcomer allowed only one hit and struck out 1 2 more than 7 scoreless innings as he improved to 2-0 being a pitcher within his team's 6-1 triumph on the Oakland Athletics.
This should be an interesting game between two American League West rivals.