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Ohtani strikes out 12, wins impressive home mound debut

Ohtani strikes out 12, wins impressive home mound debut

ST. LOUIS (AP) - David Peralta hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer off Dominic Leone in the eighth, A.J. Pollock went deep later in the inning and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-1 Sunday in a game marred by a benches-clearing incident in the second inning.

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The Los Angeles Angels will play host to their division rival Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.

The A's have seen all they care to of Ohtani, the first legitimate two-way player since the early 1920s, who also homered against the A's in the Angels' win Friday. Ohtani gets the day off before or after he pitches; otherwise, he takes AB's as the designated hitter when he's not on the mound.

Kendall Graveman lasted 3 1/3 innings, and he's probably lucky he made it that far, allowing five hits, five runs and four walks.

The Los Angeles Angels are coming off back to back wins over the Cleveland Indians.

MLB Predictions: Oakland Athletics vs. Los Angeles Angels 4/7/18

While it is too early to say whether he will succeed more in batting or pitching, Ohtani made his official Major League Baseball debut as a designated hitter and whacked a single.

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.

During spring, his performances would leave plenty to be desired.

While it has only been two games for Ohtani on the mound, the early results are exceptional. As a result, he's recorded a.344 average with a.989 OPS through seven games, tallying seven extra-base hits (six doubles, one homer) along the way.Jose Martinez, 1B/OF, Cardinals: A veteran of 11 Minor League seasons, Martinez finally received his first extended big league trial past year and opened eyes with an.897 OPS and a 135 wRC+ over 307 plate appearances. After hitting his second home run of the season - this time against 2014 American League Cy Young Winner Corey Kluber - on Wednesday, he seems to be finding his rhythm. Just like we've told you each and every season.

Shohei Ohtani is showing that he is not a prospect in waiting, but a star ready to become super. "I think things are going well because opponents don't know much about me".

Ohtani has been living up to the hype, at least at the plate. His story makes me think of my own grandparents, who left South Korea to live in the United States in the 1950s and faced similar challenges. Granted, it's a very small sample size, but it still showcases the tools he has at the plate. As of recent years, they are around two percent of the league. Joyce's two-run shot to right was his first of the season, and Semien followed it up with a solo homer to center for his first to put the Athletics ahead 6-0. Trout scored his 700th run, making him the ninth player to hit 200 homers and score 700 runs before turning 27, following Pujols, Alex Rodriguez, and Hall of Famers Frank Robinson, Hank Aaron, Mickey Mantle, Eddie Mathews, Mel Ott and Jimmie Foxx.


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