Shohei Otani Near Perfect In Home Pitching Debut

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In his first start at Angel Stadium, Ohtani retired the first 19 batters until Marcus Semien singled to left with one out in the seventh.

He pumped his fist because he walked off the area after striking out the previous batter he faced with just two runners in the inning, getting a standing ovation in the 44,742 in presence as he murdered.

Not good. Not to mention this will be Ohtani's first home game as a pitcher.

Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani (17) throws from the Oakland Athletics in the next inning during a MLB baseball match at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.

Making just his second career regular season start, Ohtani truck out 11 in six flawless innings before A's shortstop Marcus Semien got a hit off him to lead off the seventh inning. He was even better at home, mixing 99 miles per hour fastballs with precipitous breaking pitches.

"You never want to get a ideal game thrown on you", Semien said.

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In between his last start and this one, Ohtani had three straight games with a home run.

Ohtani has adapted to Major League Baseball pitching quickly and looks like a bona fide star.

Ohtani's homer got the Angels on the scoreboard in the second before they tacked on four runs in the fourth.

Trout impacted the game even before that, drawing a first-inning walk and scoring on Albert Pujols' double down the left-field line.

Ruth was able to dominate both disciplines such as the Boston Red Sox at 1918 and 1919 before his fateful go ahead to the New York Yankees, at which he became the Sultan of Swat and selfdom pitched. The shortstop got hurt while sliding down into the Tampa Bay dugout and will have tests Monday.

Matt Joyce got the A's on the board in the ninth inning with a solo home run off Felix Pena.

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He was sharp from the beginning on a gorgeous day in Orange County, striking out the side in the first inning on 15 pitches.

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.

Baltimore overcame a 5-0, first-inning deficit to take three of four in NY following a five-game losing streak.

The Angels beat the A's 6-1. "One hit would (mean) two runs, and it's a huge difference". He went 3-for-4 with a pair of runs scored.

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Ohtani is scheduled to start on the mound Sunday in the series finale, and Scioscia is sticking with his plan to rest Ohtani the day before and the day after he pitches.

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