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It's Sho Time! Ohtani homers in 1st home at-bat

05 April 2018

When Ohtani returned to dugout, his teammates gave him the silent treatment before breaking character and celebrating with the Japanese phenom. But at the end of the day, we all need to sit back and simply enjoy each time this incredibly talented 23-year-old takes the field. Rivera hit the Angels' fifth homer of the night, a two-run blast in the eighth inning.

Shohei Ohtani hit his first major league home run in his first Angel Stadium at-bat, taking a curtain call after his three-run homer against the Cleveland Indians. The two-way player made a strong debut on the mound in Oakland, pitching six innings, giving up three runs and striking out six. Statcast measured his last hit at 112.8 miles per hour, the hardest-hit ball by an Angels player this season.

"After getting my first hit out of the way, I felt more comfortable and relaxed", Ohtani said through and interpreter. "That was a factor".

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The 23-year-old rookie, who earned Babe Ruth comparisons in Japan by excelling both as a fireballing pitcher and a slugging outfielder, performed encouragingly well in his first Major League Baseball start on the mound Sunday.

Ohtani will pitch against Oakland on Sunday in his first start at home.

The bases were loaded when Ohtani's at-bat first started, but a wild pitch from Tomlin allowed Kole Calhoun to score from third. Parker Bridwell was recalled from Triple-A and will start Friday against the A's.

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The Angels ended a 12-game losing streak against the Indians, which was tied for the longest active mark in baseball. In his hitting debut on Thursday, Ohtani went just 1-for-5, picking up a groundball single off Athletics right-hander Kendall Graveman in his first career at-bat.

The Angels would add another run in the second inning to create a 7-2 advantage early on. Skaggs is 4-1 in 11 career starts in March and April.

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It's Sho Time! Ohtani homers in 1st home at-bat