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Shohei Ohtani Flirts With Perfect Game In Second Start, Taking Baseball By Storm

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Shohei Ohtani is really good at baseball.

The Los Angeles Angels rookie phenom made his second start of the season on Sunday afternoon as well as his first home start. Facing the Oakland Athletics for the second time, the A’s had less of an answer to Ohtani than they did exactly one week prior.

Ohtani retired the first 19 batters of the game, just eight outs away from a perfect game with the Angels leading 6-0. It wasn’t to be however, as shortstop Marcus Semien recorded a solid single to left field to break up any chance for a perfect game or no-hitter. Ohtani walked the next hitter, but was able to buckle down and retire the next two, capping off a miraculous 12-strikeout, seven-shutout-innings performance.

Prior to Semien’s base knock, Ohtani had set down 27 straight hitters dating back to his start the previous Sunday.

Through two starts, Ohtani is 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA with 18 strikeouts in 13 innings. And he’s also hitting .389 (7 for 18) with three homers and seven RBIs.

Stud.

Bless the baseball Gods for bringing us Shohei Ohtani.

He’s also the first player since Babe Ruth in 1916 to homer in three straight games and have a double-digit strikeout game the same season.

Ohtani’s next scheduled start will be this Sunday against the Kansas City Royals.

Bryce Harper once declared “Make Baseball Fun Again”; looks like that’s where Ohtani comes in. It’s going to be fun to see what else he accomplishes this year.

And remember- he’s still just 23. Years. Old.

The Japanese Babe Ruth!

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Angels Closing in on Historic Extension with Mike Trout

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The Los Angeles Angels are nearing a historic contract extension with superstar outfielder Mike Trout that would set the record for the largest contract in professional sports.

According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, the Angels and Trout are working towards a new 12-year pact that could be worth more than $340 million, nullifying his current contract.

According to the Los Angeles Times’ Bill Shaikin, Trout’s new potential deal includes a $36 million salary in each new year.

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Yankees Sign Gio Gonzalez

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The New York Yankees have bolstered their rotation, which has been hit hard by injuries this spring, and have agreed to terms on a contract with veteran left-hander Gio Gonzalez, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman.

According to the New York Post’s Joel Sherman, Gonzalez’s new deal is likely a minors deal.

According to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, Gonzalez would make $3 million in the majors via a games-started incentives outline that could elevate his earnings, and the deal comes with an opt-out for April 20th if Gonzalez doesn’t make the team out of spring training..

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Rangers’ Yohander Mendez Diagnosed With UCL Sprain

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Texas Rangers left hander Yohander Mendez has been diagnosed with a grade one sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching arm, according to the Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant.

Mendez, who avoided having to undergo Tommy John surgery, is expected to miss half of the 2019 season as he recovers.

Mendez, 24, could return as early as mid-June, if all goes well in his rehabilitation.

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