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Shohei Ohtani Wins First Major League Start, Goes Deep In First Angels Home At-Bat

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What a first week in the majors it’s been for baseball’s newest prodigy, Los Angeles Angels two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani.

Despite allowing eight earned runs while recording the same number of outs in two Spring Training starts, Ohtani proved that didn’t mean anything, as he pitched six solid innings of three-run ball on Sunday at Oakland with six strikeouts, earning the win.

“Personally, I feel like I got off to a good start,” said Ohtani after the game through his translator, “and obviously the team went 3-1 on the first road trip, so I’m very happy with the results.”

Two nights later, Ohtani made his Angel Stadium debut in the team’s second home game as the designated hitter against the Cleveland Indians. He stepped up to the plate with the bases loaded and two outs in the first inning; and following a wild pitch to give the Angels a 3-2 lead, Ohtani officially said hello to his new home crowd:

“When I hit it, I thought it was going to be off the wall, so I was running hard,” said Ohtani. “But I’m glad it cleared the fence.”

The Angels won the game by a score of 13-2.

Ohtani wasn’t done there though. The next day, once again as the Angels’ DH, he stepped up in the fifth inning as the tying run with two outs against the reigning AL Cy Young winner:

The game remained knotted at two runs apiece for the next eight innings before fellow new Angel Zack Cozart walked off with a solo shot in the 13th, giving the Angels a 3-2 win.

What a start to the season it’s been for Ohtani, as he’s lived up to the hype, impressing on both the mound and at the plate- exactly what he came to Los Angeles to do.

“On the mound he had a great start, and then at the plate he has started to get comfortable,” said Angels manager Mike Scioscia following Wednesday’s walk-off win. “Corey Kluber is not a guy that gives up a lot of home runs, and he got a ball out over the plate and Shohei got a hold of it.”

Los Angeles is 5-2 through their first seven games.

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White Sox Acquire Ivan Nova

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The Chicago White Sox have acquired right handed starter Ivan Nova from the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Robert Murray.

According to Fancred’s Jon Heyman, the Pirates will receive a “young pitcher” and an unstated amount of international bonus pool availability in return for Nova.

Nova posted a 9-9 record with a 4.19 ERA last season for the Pirates.

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Yankees “Open To Moving” Miguel Andujar

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The New York Yankees have a future superstar in Miguel Andujar, a fan favorite, yet they have been constantly linked to rumors of being open to dealing him, despite his huge rookie season.

This one, just doesn’t make much sense if the plan is to move Andujar to make room for the likes of Manny Machado.

According to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Robert Murray, the Yankees are “open to moving” Andjuar via trade, but there is no clear trade path to reference at this time.

This development clearly shows the Yankees desire to sign Machado to a free agent deal.

The Yankees and Mets have also been linked in a potential deal that could see Noah Syndergaard end up in New York, with Andujar on his way out.

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Rangers Sign Rafael Montero

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The Texas Rangers have agreed to terms on a minor-league deal with right handed pitcher Rafael Montero, according to the Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant.

Montero is still working back from Tommy John surgery, and was once a top prospect in the New York Mets organization , but struggled transitioning to the major league level, putting together a woeful 5.38 ERA over 192 1/3 innings pitched.

 

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