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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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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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Astros Sign Robinson Chirinos to One-Year Deal

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The Houston Astros are signing free agent catcher Robinson Chirinos to a one-year deal with $5.75 million, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

Chirinos had a career year in 2017 while playing for the Texas Rangers, but had a dramatic dip in production during the 2018 season and was no brought back by the team. Chirinos isn’t considered a defensive stud behind the plate either, and will join Max Stassi in the Astros catching rotation.

 

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Angels Announce Coaching Staff

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The Los Angeles Angels have announced the coaching staff for brand new manager Brad Ausmus.

Pitching coach Doug White, hitting coach Jeremy Reed, and assistant hitting coach Shawn Wooten have already been announced as additions to Ausmus’ staff.

Long-time MLB infielder Mike Gallego will work with infielders and coach third base. Jose Molina, the former big league catcher, will work with catchers. Additionally, Jesus Feliciano will be slated to work with the outfielders and former slugger Paul Sorrento will join the hitting coaches team.

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