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Shohei Ohtani dealt with blisters in Japan too

Shohei Ohtani dealt with blisters in Japan too

Red Sox slugger Mookie Betts wasted no time in tormenting Ohtani, smashing a lead-off home run to get Boston on the board.

Ohtani and manager Mike Scioscia both said the blister shouldn't affect his ability to swing the bat.

By the time he was replaced after the second inning, the 23-year-old had given up four hits as Boston moved into a 3-0 lead.

Betts has joined Ted Williams as the only Red Sox hitters to hit three home runs in a game on three separate occasions.

Although his fastball again hit 99 miles per hour and he only walked one batter, Ohtani needed 66 pitches to get through two innings. We'll read how we get later in the week.

Ohtani's blister spoiled a much-anticipated matchup between the Japanese right and the Red Sox, the best team in baseball at 14-2.

In 2016, a blister Ohtani developed on July 10 forced him from the mound and into the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters' lineup on a daily basis for roughly two months. It came on the first pitch the right-hander threw after entering the game to begin the inning. Will the Angels let him hit anyway, or will they force him to take a few days off until he's back to good health? Ohtani also said that if he needed to, he would have pushed through the issue. In his first two dazzling starts against the A's, Ohtani had a 70.3 percent whiff rate (26 whiffs on 37 swings) on his splitter. The Angels have given Ohtani one week between starts so far, which likely would put his next start on the road against defending World Series champion Houston.

So the narrative here should shift to why the Angels allowed him to pitch with this issue, right?

Martinez explained that Austin broke an unwritten rule that merited retaliation from the Red Sox. His ERA now sits at 3.60 after three starts.

"After my previous start, it was just there a little, but I felt I could still make a go of it", Ohtani (2-1) said after suffering his first loss since coming to the majors this season.