Shohei Ohtani gets silent treatment after first career home run

Shohei Ohtani gets silent treatment after first career home run

Shohei Ohtani gets silent treatment after first career home run

While there was a ton of hype surrounding Ohtani throughout the winter, the buzz around the young player seemed to temper a bit after an unimpressive spring training.

Shohei Ohtani's first Major League Baseball home run came in the first inning of his first home game with the Angels.

He's scheduled to take the mound again for his first home start on Sunday against Oakland. He is also the first player with four hits, a home run and a win in his first six games since Boston's Wes Ferrell in 1937, and the first rookie with at least three hits and a win in his first six games since Dutch Stryker of the 1924 Boston Braves. With AP Photos.Sho Time is off to a powerful start in Anaheim.

On Tuesday, two days after working six innings in a win against Oakland, Ohtani homered. He was only able to pitch 25 innings in Japan past year due to an ankle injury, and during spring training, even when he was throwing in minor league, intra-squad, and B games, he never threw more than 85 pitches.

This was Ohtani's second start at designated hitter and his first at home. In fact, Angels starters beat that mark only three times in all of 2017.

Ohtani, 23, went 3 for 4 in his debut at Angel Stadium. Not for nothing, but the Angels would cruise to a 2-13 victory en route to a 4-2 start here in the early going.

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However, things looked a lot better for Ohtani at the plate last night.

Tuesday's feat marked the first time an Major League Baseball player had won a game as a pitcher, then hit a first-inning home run within the next two days, since Ruth did it in 1921 (per Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times).

The Rangers were among the finalists to sign Ohtani during the off-season. His second start as a hitter comes versus Indians right-hander Josh Tomlin.

Ohtani could probably use a couple hundred at-bats in the minor leagues to get used to the pitching here, but because of his own pitching prowess, he will have to learn at the major league level.

The Los Angeles Angels baseball player, who is reportedly attempting to become baseball's first regular two-way player in nearly a century, is due to make his next pitching start Sunday 8 at Angel Stadium.

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