Angels’ Ohtani dominates Fenway Park debut

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New York (AFP) – Los Angeles Angels two-way superstar Shohei Ohtani followed in Babe Ruth’s footsteps again on Thursday with an impressive debut at Fenway Park.

Ohtani struck out 11 in seven scoreless innings in the Angels’ 8-0 win over the Boston Red Sox.

He also had two hits, slamming a hit single through the Green Monster outfield fence as part of a five-run eighth inning for the Angels.

Batting third in the roster, Japan’s reigning American League MVP became the first player to pitch and bat to one of the top four roster spots on the historic Red Sox home field since Ruth did so on September 20, 1919.

He threw 82% of his 99 pitches for strikes, a career high, with no walks. He generated 29 jumps and misses for the Red Sox – a career high.

He gave up six hits, but was able to escape any whiff of trouble.

After Rafael Devers and Xander Bogaerts hit opposing ground balls in the third inning, Ohtani retired JD Martinez with four fastballs.

Jackie Bradley Jr. started the fifth with a double, but Ohtani caused a fly out from Kevin Plalawacki – right fielder Taylor Ward making the catch – then knocked out Trevor Story and Devers.

Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani pursues his RBI single against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park Winslow Townson GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP

After pulling Devers out with a streak that included his first 100 mph fastball of the year, Ohtani left the mound with a scream.

Ohtani was on the mound after his scheduled departure on Tuesday was pushed back following his early exit from a game on Sunday with a tightness in his groin.

He wasn’t in the lineup against the Chicago White Sox on Monday, but he had a free kick in that game.

While Ohtani kept the Red Sox batters at bay, the Angels didn’t make their first run until the seventh inning, when Jared Walsh homered for two.

After their eighth of five points, Brandon Marsh managed the ninth.

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