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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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Mariners to Sign Cory Gearrin

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The Seattle Mariners have agreed to terms on a one-year, Major League contract with right-handed reliever Cory Gearrin, according to the Seattle Times’ Ryan Divish.

The Mariners will now have to clear a spot on their 40-man roster, thanks to the addition of Gearrin and Tim Beckham.

Gearrin, 32, was well traveled last season, spending time with the Texas Rangers, San Francisco Giants, and the Oakland Athletics, posting a combined 3.77 on the season.

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Mariners to Sign Tim Beckham

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The Seattle Mariners have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with infielder Tim Beckham, according to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale.

Beckham was non-tendered by the Baltimore Orioles earlier this winter, posted a slash line of .230/.287/.374 during the 2018 season.

It’s likely that Beckham will become a key utility contributor for Seattle moving forward.

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Rangers Sign Shelby Miller

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The Texas Rangers have agreed to terms on a one-year, major league deal with right hander Shelby Miller, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

Miller, who has already passed his physical, missed most of the 2018 season due to numerous elbow issues, and underwent Tommy John surgery back in 2017, so there is risk involved with his signing.

Prior to the injuries, Miller was considered one of the major’s most promising young pitchers.

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