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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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Blue Jays Calling Up Cavan Biggio

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Cavan Biggio

The Toronto Blue Jays are calling up second base prospect Cavan Biggio to the majors for the very first time on Friday, according to ESPN.

Biggio, the son of Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, has performed well for Triple A Buffalo this season, posting a .306/.440/.507 slash line.

Toronto selected Biggio, 24, in the fifth round of the 2016 draft.

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Royals Assign Drew Storen To Double-A

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Drew Storen

The Kansas City Royals have assigned former big-league reliever Drew Storen to Double-A Northwest Arkansas, according to Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s Paul Boyd.

Storen, who inked a minor league deal with the Royals back in February of this year, is attempting a comeback, as he hasn’t pitched in the majors since playing for the Cincinnati Reds back in 2017.

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Neil Ramirez Accepts Outright Assignment With Indians

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Cleveland Indians reliever Neil Ramirez will remain within the organization after clearing outright waivers and accepting an assignment to Triple-A, according to an official team announcement.

Ramirez landed a one-year, $1 million deal with the Indians this offseason, avoiding arbitration.

Ramirez, 29, has struggled during the 2019 season and maybe a stint in Triple A will help him work things out.

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