Ohtani Joins Exclusive Company with 3rd HR in First 4 Games

Shohei Ohtani is the real deal so we should go ahead and declare

He had 11 strikeouts in an overwhelming performance by the two-way Japanese sensation. The right-hander beat them in Oakland on Sunday, giving up three runs and three hits in six innings, with one walk and six strikeouts.

You may want to tune into the @Angels game.... All 12 of his strikeouts were swinging strikeouts, pointing to how dominant he truly was.

Angels: Garrett Richards (1-0, 5.06 ERA) takes the mound Monday when Los Angeles opens a road trip against the Texas Rangers.

The A's fifth homer of the night by Olson in the top of the seventh made it 9-7, before the Angels responded with their decisive rally in the bottom of the inning.

The emerging saga of Shohei Ohtani continues today, with Oakland paying a visit to Anaheim.

Kendall Graveman (0-1, 8.10 ERA) will get the nod for Oakland.

The regular season got into full swing on March 29, meaning the time had come for one of the most highly touted global prospects of all time to make his Major League Baseball debut.

But Ohtani will have to wait until Sunday to see the field again, when he makes his second professional start. The right-handed Graveman started 19 games past year while finishing the season 6-4 overall with a 4.19 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP.

Marlins 6, Phillies 3 • In Philadelphia, Jake Arrieta lasted just four innings in his Philadelphia debut, allowing three runs - two earned - and three hits while striking out five. After four games with the A's, Los Angeles is one of just six teams to still maintain a ideal fielding percentage. He finished the game 1-for-4.

Arizona manager Torey Lovullo was ejected by plate umpire Tim Timmons in the second inning. Trout scored his 700th run, making him the ninth player to hit 200 homers and score 700 runs before turning 27, following Pujols, Alex Rodriguez, and Hall of Famers Frank Robinson, Hank Aaron, Mickey Mantle, Eddie Mathews, Mel Ott and Jimmie Foxx.

His second-inning blast reduced Oakland's lead to 6-1. "One hit would [mean] two runs, and it's a huge difference".

Athletics hitters have slashed.265/.353/.422 on their way to 4.3 runs scored per game in 2018, including over the team's last five outings (2-3 SU).

Pirates 5, Reds 0 • In Pittsburgh, Jameson Taillon (2-0) pitched a one-hitter for his first shutout in 45 major league starts, allowing Tyler Mahle's single to center with one out in the third. He also walked once, struck out once and stole a base. The two-time AL MVP added a bloop RBI single in the fourth to chase Graveman.

Blake Treinen (0-1) took the loss.

Ohtani is scheduled to start on the mound Sunday in the series finale, and Scioscia is sticking with his plan to rest Ohtani the day before and the day after he pitches.

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