Shohei Ohtani: Angels’ two-way phenom in control as he wins MLB pitching debut


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OAKLAND – Shohei Ohtani came to meet the media Sunday with a new friend – the game ball from his first Major League victory.

He’d thrown 92 pitches and six innings of the Angels’ 7-4 win over Oakland and he wanted the game ball, badly it seemed, although he didn’t say so. He’d collected the ball from his first big league hit when he was the Angels’ DH Thursday and gave that to his parents. They aren’t getting this one though. At least not yet.

“I’ll have to think about it,” he said when asked where the ball was going.

With the exception of a couple of his 92 pitches, Ohtani seemed to have a vivid clarity about where his ball was going Sunday. Matt

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