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    By MICHAEL WAGAMAN Associated Press OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani withstood another injury scare and pitched six scoreless innings to go with his team-leading 25th home run, reaching yet another monumental milestone as the Los Angeles Angels beat the Oakland Athletics 5-1 on Tuesday night. The two-way Japanese star joined Babe Ruth (1918) as the only players in major league history to have at least 10 home runs and 10 wins in the same season. According to the Angels, two players from the Negro Leagues also did it: Bullet Rogan of the 1922 Kansas City Monarchs and Ed Rile of the 1927 Detroit Stars. Ohtani singled and scored on Taylor Ward’s three-run homer in the fifth, then connected for a towering drive off Sam Selman leading off the seventh as a throng of red-clan fans sitting behind the Angels dugout roared. On the mound, Ohtani (10-7) was mostly crisp. He had five strikeouts, allowed four hits and retired seven of his final eight batters. The reigning AL MVP almost didn’t make it out of the third. Two days after...
    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels tied a major league record with seven solo home runs, including two by Shohei Ohtani, but still lost to the Oakland Athletics 8-7 Thursday. The Angels are the first team in the majors to hit seven solo homers and score no other runs in a game. They’re also the sixth team to hit seven homers and lose, according to STATS. Ramon Laureano homered and drove in four runs, and Seth Brown had a two-run shot during a six-run third inning for AL-worst Oakland. Sean Murphy also drove in two runs for the Athletics, who took the final two games of the series and have won six of their last nine. Paul Blackburn (7-6) picked up his first win since June 16 despite surrendering four home runs. Ohtani left Wednesday night’s game due to a left forearm cramp, but he bounced back with three hits and two RBIs. It was his 11th multihomer game in the majors and fifth this season. Mickey Moriak — acquired from Philadelphia on Tuesday as part of...
    The Athletics gave up seven home runs Thursday against the Los Angeles Angels and won anyway. By doing their damage with runners on base early, the Athletics were able to hold on as starter Paul Blackburn gave up four solo home runs and three relievers gave up one each in an 8-7 road win. The Angels had held the A’s to 18 runs in their nine previous games. The A’s, who were 14-12 in July and are 9-5 since the All-Star break, improved to 41-66 and are 5-3-1 in their last nine series after taking two of three from the Angels. Los Angeles fell to 44-61 despite the home runs. Blackburn (7-6) labored through 92 pitches with 59 strikes in five innings and never retired the side in order. He gave up solo home runs in each of the first four innings to Shohei Ohtani (his 23rd), Kurt Suzuki (his third), Taylor Ward (his 14th) and Jo Adell (his fourth). Jared Walsh went solo against Sam Moll for the Angels, his 14th, and Ohtani added No. 24 in the seventh...
    By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer ANAHEIM (AP) — Sean Murphy homered and drove in three runs off Shohei Ohtani, leading the Oakland Athletics to a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night. James Kaprielian (3-5) pitched six-hit ball into the sixth as the A’s snapped their three-game losing streak by beating Ohtani (9-7), who has no victories over Oakland in five mound appearances since 2018. Ohtani yielded seven hits and two earned runs while pitching into the sixth inning of his third straight defeat, again falling short of his career-best 10th mound victory. The two-way AL MVP struck out seven A’s, which ended his streak of six consecutive starts with double-digit strikeouts just short of Nolan Ryan’s franchise-record seven. The Angels’ offense again failed to provide run support for Ohtani, who went 0 for 3 as the designated hitter before getting pulled for a pinch-hitter in the seventh. Los Angeles had pinch-hit for Ohtani only twice previously this season, both occurring after Ohtani felt minor injuries. Luis Rengifo had a tying RBI double in the fifth...
    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Sean Murphy homered and drove in three runs off Shohei Ohtani, leading the Oakland Athletics to a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night. James Kaprielian (3-5) pitched six-hit ball into the sixth as the A’s snapped their three-game losing streak by beating Ohtani (9-7), who has no victories over Oakland in five mound appearances since 2018. Ohtani yielded seven hits and two earned runs while pitching into the sixth inning of his third straight defeat, again falling short of his career-best 10th mound victory. The two-way AL MVP struck out seven A’s, which ended his streak of six consecutive starts with double-digit strikeouts just short of Nolan Ryan’s franchise-record seven. The Angels’ offense again failed to provide run support for Ohtani, who went 0 for 3 as the designated hitter before getting pulled for a pinch-hitter in the seventh. Los Angeles had pinch-hit for Ohtani only twice previously this season, both occurring after Ohtani felt minor injuries. Luis Rengifo had a tying RBI double in the fifth for the Angels, who have...
    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — While the San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers were making moves during Tuesday’s trade deadline to bolster their rosters for a postseason run, Los Angeles Angels general manager Perry Minasian was left answering questions after his team went into sell mode. Despite having two of the top players in the game in AL MVPs Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani, the Angels are hurtling toward their seventh straight losing season. “I still think there’s talent here. We have to find a way to stay healthy,” Minsasian said. “We’ve got to find more depth. I’ve got to build a better roster and that’s something that we’re going to attack this offseason.” The Halos went into Tuesday night’s game against the Oakland Athletics a season-high 16 games under .500 at 43-59. They are in fourth place in the AL West after being tied for the lead with Houston in the middle of May. While some wondered if Ohtani would be on his way out of Orange County, the Angels did trade pitchers Noah Syndergaard, Raisel Iglesias and...
    Los Angeles Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani got out of a bases-loaded jam during the July 28 game against the Texas Rangers. Just when you thought the MLB trade deadline could not get anymore interesting, the Los Angeles Angels have stepped things up. According to Jon Heyman and Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Angels have told teams that they are listening to trade offers for anyone, and that includes two-way star Shohei Ohtani. Whether he actually does get traded remains to be seen, considering we are just days away from the Aug. 2 deadline. But, Ohtani did prove just how good he can be for any team he plays for. Whether that is the Angels or someone else. Facing off against the Texas Rangers on Thursday, July 28, Ohtani found himself in a bases-loaded jam in the top of the first inning. Ohtani allowed three consecutive singles to Marcus Semien, Corey Seager, and Jonah Heim in his first three batters faced. Yet, he was able to get out of the jam without an earned run to his...
    The Los Angeles Angels are getting calls on Shohei Ohtani ahead of the MLB trade deadline. Despite having Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout in their organization, the Los Angeles Angels are going to need more than a prayer or two to make it into the expanded AL postseason in October. The Angels have two of the most gifted players of their generation on their team, yet they cannot even remotely sniff the playoffs. Perennial AL MVP candidate Mike Trout might be breaking down physically. While Ohtani is doing things nobody has ever seen on a baseball diamond, this team is 39-54, 11.5 games out of the last AL Wild Card spot and 22.5 games back of the Houston Astros… Jon Morosi of the MLB Network reported on Saturday afternoon, “MLB teams are calling [the] Angels to express trade interest in Shohei Ohtani, but the Angels are indicating they have no plans to move the superstar before the Aug. 2 trade deadline.” Sources: @MLB teams are calling #Angels to express trade interest in Shohei Ohtani, but the Angels are indicating they have...
    ATLANTA (AP) — Shohei Ohtani threw six dominant innings, only to surrender homers to Matt Olson and Orlando Arcia in a stunning outburst that carried the Atlanta Braves to a 8-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night. The reigning World Series champions resumed their winning ways following the All-Star break, getting six shutout innings from Charlie Morton and a sudden dose of long ball after looking totally overmatched by Ohtani (9-5) much of the night. Mixing all of his pitches to near perfection, the Japanese superstar faced only one batter above the minimum through the first six frames, surrendering a double to Austin Riley leading off the second. Ohtani struck out 11, marking the fifth straight game in which he’s fanned double figures, and only went to three balls on two hitters. After throwing just 71 pitches — 53 of them for strikes — Ohtani appeared to run out of steam in the seventh. Dansby Swanson led off with a walk and Ohtani left a splitter up in the zone to Olson, who launched a 355-foot drive...
    Did the Atlanta Braves just select the next Shohei Ohtani? While those comparisons may be going a little too far, Owen Murphy has plenty of potential. Murphy was ranked as the 48th-best prospect in the draft, per MLB Pipeline. Much of that was due to the fact he has yet to pick a definitive position. The 18-year-old will tell you he’s a pitcher, and rightly so. He has the stuff of an elite high school pitching prospect. However, his ability with the bat clouds his future. Had he gone to college, odds are whatever school he went to would’ve allowed him to figure out his long-term position on the fly. However, should he choose to skip that level altogether and report right to Low-A, he’ll be used primarily as a pitcher to start. And that’s what Atlanta views him as. Braves: What the scouts think about Owen MurphyPer MLB Pipeline, Murphy will play as a pitcher to start out: “A legitimate two-way prospect, Murphy led all pitchers with 10 strikeouts in four scoreless innings and went 4-for-9 with a home...
    (CNN)Shohei Ohtani is on a tear like no one else in Major League Baseball. And on Wednesday, a few days after being named an All-Star as both a pitcher and a hitter, Ohtani continued his hot steak -- once again making history -- this time matching two historic feats. The two-way Japanese star struck out 12 Houston Astros batters over six innings, also going 2-for-4 with a two-run triple in the second inning, in the Los Angeles Angels' 7-1 victory at Angel Stadium. In the process of winning his sixth straight start, he also matched two records set by Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan. Ohtani became just the second Angels pitcher in franchise history to register at least 10 strikeouts in four consecutive pitching appearances, joining Ryan. Read MoreOhtani pitching against the Astros.He also became the first Angels starter to hit a triple since Ryan on June 27, 1972, at Minnesota."Obviously, it's a huge honor to be in the same sentence with someone like Nolan Ryan," Ohtani said through interpreter Ippei Mizuhara. "But more than strikeouts, I'm looking to...
    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani won his sixth straight start by striking out 12 in six innings and also hit a two-run triple in the Los Angeles Angels’ 7-1 victory over the Houston Astros on Wednesday night. The two-way Japanese phenom — who improved to 9-4 — also became the fifth pitcher to have at least 50 strikeouts and allow one or fewer earned runs over a five-game span since earned runs became an official statistic in 1913. The others were Chris Sale (2018), Clayton Kershaw (2014-15), R.A. Dickey (2012) and Randy Johnson (1997). During his six-game winning streak, Ohtani has allowed only three runs (two earned) in 39 2/3 innings and 20 hits with 58 strikeouts and 11 walks. Luis Rengifo had three hits and drove in a pair of runs with a bases-loaded single in the sixth for the Angels, who snapped a five-game losing streak. Mike Trout sat out with back spasms. Houston’s Cristian Javier, who struck out 14 Angels on July 1, went only 3 2/3 innings and allowed three runs but had 10 strikeouts....
    Yordan Alvarez, Astros: Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports There’s nothing more Yordan Alvarez can do to be named an All-Star Game starter than what he’s done this season. This is not to take away from what Shohei Ohtani has accomplished, but much of Ohtani’s media and fan attention comes from the fact that he’s a two-way player, something that hasn’t been seen since Babe Ruth, if you put the caveats of 100 IP and 200 plate appearances in a season on such players. Look no further than the USA Today piece including Ohtani’s pitching numbers in their reasoning why the fans “got it right” in selecting Ohtani as the starting DH. Two-way player has been an officially recognized roster designation since 2020 and it’s time these phenoms were recognized without punishing one way players that are having sensational — and dare I say generational — seasons. Players such as Yordan Alvarez, who is primarily a DH, but also plays some left field, is one of those one-way players who has been punished as a result of Ohtani’s success. Astros: If Yordan...
    MIAMI (AP) — Shohei Ohtani allowed one unearned run in seven dominant innings and had the go-ahead hit in the Los Angeles Angels’ 5-2 victory over the Miami Marlins on Wednesday night. The reigning AL MVP won his fifth consecutive start, limiting the Marlins to two hits. Ohtani (8-4) walked three and struck out 10 before 18,741, the fourth largest crowd at loanDepot Park this season. Three-time AL MVP Mike Trout was hitless in four at-bats and had an RBI. Trout is 1 for 21 with 13 strikeouts through the first five games of Los Angeles’ nine-game trip. Max Stassi doubled and reached base three times to help the Angels snap a four-game skid. Ohtani’s two-RBI single with the bases loaded chased Miami starter Trevor Rogers (4-7) and capped a three-run fifth that put Los Angeles ahead 3-1. Trout was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, tying it at 1. The 96 mph fastball from Rogers struck Trout on his left knee. Trout limped to first base, where Angels training staff tended to him. Run-scoring singles from Taylor...
    A look at what’s happening around the majors today: ___ SHO AND TELL Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani takes a scoreless streak of 21 2/3 innings to the mound when he starts at Miami. Ohtani (7-4, 2.63 ERA) has won four consecutive starts, allowing just one run in that span. He’s struck out 101 in 74 innings this year. The reigning AL MVP will pitch a day after his 28th birthday. This will be his first career pitching appearance against the Marlins, who have won six in a row. Los Angeles has dropped four straight. ASCENDING ASTRO Houston right-hander Cristian Javier is coming off two incredibly dominant starts as the Astros go for their ninth consecutive victory when they host the Kansas City Royals. In his last outing, Javier struck out a career-high 14 while holding the Angels to one hit in seven innings. The time before, he fanned 13 in seven innings and combined with the Astros bullpen in a no-hitter at Yankee Stadium. The 27 total strikeouts are the most in a two-game span by a pitcher who...
    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani extended his scoreless streak to 21 2/3 innings while pitching five-hit ball into the sixth with 11 strikeouts in the Los Angeles Angels’ 4-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night. Ohtani went 0 for 3 with a walk at the plate, but Luis Rengifo hit a two-run homer and Mike Trout had an early RBI double as the Angels finished their disappointing nine-game homestand on a positive note because of their two-way superstar’s work on the mound. Ohtani (7-4) yielded five singles and a walk while winning his fourth consecutive start. The AL MVP hasn’t allowed a run since the fifth inning of his brilliant seven-inning outing in Boston on June 9, giving him an 0.34 ERA with 36 strikeouts over 26 2/3 innings in his last four starts. Ohtani’s streak included scoreless efforts in victories over Seattle and Kansas City before this tough challenge against the White Sox, who pounded out 17 hits and 11 runs one night earlier. After he struck out a career-high 13 Royals last week, Ohtani...
    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Josh Harrison and Luis Robert hit two-run homers during Chicago’s five-run fifth inning, and the White Sox pounded out 17 hits in an 11-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night. José Abreu and Yoán Moncada had RBI doubles during a five-run seventh for the White Sox, who rallied from an early three-run deficit with multi-hit games from seven batters to win for only the second time in seven games. Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani hit back-to-back homers in the third inning for Los Angeles, which has lost five of eight on its brawl-marred homestand. Ohtani went 3 for 3 with a walk, two doubles and two RBIs on the night before his next mound start. Robert’s majestic 448-foot shot off Oliver Ortega (1-3) highlighted Chicago’s dismantling of the Halos’ perpetually poor pitching staff. Robert, Tim Anderson and Abreu all had three hits, and Harrison drove in three runs. Johnny Cueto (2-4) recovered from yielding three homers in a shaky third to pitch six innings of seven-hit ball for Chicago. Angels rookie Chase Silseth...
    The Chicago White Sox saw Shohei Ohtani at the plate earlier this season at Guaranteed Rate Field. They are lined up to see the two-way star on the mound during their upcoming West Coast trip. The Sox begin a three-game series Monday against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim, Calif., and the 2021 American League MVP Ohtani — who has 16 home runs this season — is slated to pitch Wednesday. The Sox are off Thursday and then have three games at Oracle Park against the San Francisco Giants, who just called up former Sox Yermín Mercedes from Triple-A Sacramento. Here’s what to watch for as the Sox try to build off Sunday’s 4-3 win against the Baltimore Orioles. Monday-Wednesday: At Los Angeles Angels The teams split a four-game series April 29-May 2 at Guaranteed Rate Field. The Sox won the series finale 3-0, which was the beginning of a season-high six-game winning streak. A lot has changed since then for the Angels, who fired manager Joe Maddon on June 7 after losing 12 straight games. The skid ended at...
    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Cal Raleigh had three hits, Kevin Padlo hit a two-run, bases-loaded single in the sixth inning and the Seattle Mariners overcame a monstrous home run by Shohei Ohtani to rally for a 5-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday night. Julio Rodriguez went deep for the second straight night for the Mariners, who have won a season-high five straight games. Ohtani crushed a 462-foot homer off a 96.8 mph fastball from Logan Gilbert (8-3) in the third to tie it at 1. According to Statcast, the 118 mph exit velocity made it the hardest-hit HR of Ohtani’s five years in the major. It is the fourth longest of the AL MVPs 109 homers since he came stateside in 2018. With two outs in the ninth, Ohtani came up with runners on first and second, but lined out to right fielder Taylor Trammell to end the game and give Erik Swanson his first save of the season. Kurt Suzuki also had a solo shot in the fourth for the Angels, who have dropped four...
    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — On back-to-back nights during an otherwise ordinary June homestand for the Los Angeles Angels, Shohei Ohtani accomplished two feats that would each be career landmarks for practically any other player in baseball history. On Tuesday, Ohtani hit a pair of three-run homers and drove in a career-high eight runs, the most by a Japanese-born player in the major leagues. On Wednesday, Ohtani racked up a career-high 13 strikeouts while pitching eight scoreless innings of two-hit ball, retiring 16 straight Kansas City Royals and getting 24 outs without a hit against his final 24 batters. This superstar who plays both ways is still coming up with new ways to dazzle the baseball world. A year after he unanimously won the AL MVP award in honor of his wholly unprecedented season, Ohtani is still finding new places to inscribe his name in the major league record books while he strives to get the perpetually struggling Angels (34-38) back on a winning track. Nearly halfway through a second straight season of revolutionary play, Ohtani’s unique skills are becoming normal...
    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani struck out a career-high 13 over eight dominant innings of two-hit ball, and the AL MVP also reached base three times in the Los Angeles Angels’ 5-0 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night. After giving up two singles to start the first, Ohtani (6-4) retired 16 straight Royals and 23 of the final 24 batters he faced. While matching the longest start of his major league career, he allowed just one baserunner over his final seven innings — on a walk that was quickly erased by a double play. With the backdrop of a rare Southern California lightning storm illuminating the sky far beyond center field at the Big A, Ohtani also had a single and two walks at the plate in his latest electrifying two-way performance. One night after Ohtani hit two three-run homers and drove in a career-high eight runs in an extra-inning loss, he set a new career mark for strikeouts by fanning Emmanuel Rivera on his 108th and final pitch. David MacKinnon got his first major league...
    The Los Angeles Angels plan to pay Shohei Ohtani a lot of money. Just how much remains to be seen, but Robert Murray expects an astronomical offer. Ohtani could reset the market on his own. In modern baseball, we’ve never seen a player like him. A player who can pitch at an All-Star level, and hit 40+ home runs at his best? No, it’s impossible. Babe Ruth doesn’t play in 2022. At least that’s what we all thought just a few years ago, before Ohtani tore up the American League and won the first of what could be many MVPs. Assuming he stays healthy, Ohtani is in line to receive a massive payday after 2023 — his first and only year of arbitration. LA would rather not let it get to that point. While they should be scared about Ohtani’s longevity, the only thing more unlucky than a significant injury would be the two-way star staying healthy, but playing elsewhere.Shohei Ohtani rumors: What are the Angels contract expectations?FanSided MLB insider Robert Murray suggested on the latest edition of The Baseball...
    A look at what’s happening around the majors today: ___ BACK FROM BLISTER? Philadelphia slugger Bryce Harper could return to the lineup for the finale of a two-game series at Texas after an infected blister on his left index finger sidelined him for two games last weekend at Washington. Phillies interim manager Rob Thomson said the infection had improved enough for Harper to be available off the bench in the opener against the Rangers. A six-time All-Star and this year’s leader in voting for National League DH, Harper entered Tuesday hitting a team-best .326, and his OPS (1.013) was second in the NL to St. Louis’ Paul Goldschmidt. “When guys DH, they tend to take a lot more swings,” Thomson said. “I just want to make sure we weren’t going to irritate it.” SHOHEI STREAK Shohei Ohtani tries to win three straight starts for the first time this season when the Los Angeles Angels host the Royals. The reigning AL MVP is 5-4 with a 3.28 ERA in 11 starts, striking out 77 and walking 15 in 60 1/3 innings....
    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani hit two three-run homers and drove in a career-high eight runs, but Whit Merrifield led off the 11th inning with an RBI double before the Kansas City Royals hung on for a 12-11 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night. Ohtani crushed a 423-foot homer in the sixth and a game-tying, 438-foot shot in the ninth, giving him the biggest RBI game of his five-year stateside career. The AL MVP then set the single-game major league record for RBIs by a Japanese-born player with a sacrifice fly in the 11th inning. But Ohtani’s eighth RBI wasn’t enough after Merrifield and Kyle Isbel drove in runs off Jose Quijada (0-2) earlier in the 11th. Daniel Mengden struck out Mike Trout with two Angels on base before Ohtani’s flyout, and he retired Jared Walsh on a game-ending popup. Mengden earned his first save of the season and the second of his career as Kansas City held on for its fifth victory in six games despite blowing a five-run lead in the sixth and a...
    Even superstars need a night off once in a while, even if there is a national audience watching. Los Angeles Angels two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani was not in the lineup for Sunday night’s game against the New York Mets. Manager Phil Nevin said before the game the reigning AL MVP approached him during the late stages of Saturday night’s 11-6 victory about not starting. “I know, he seems like Superman all the time. Even Superman took a day off once in a while,” Nevin said. “I said to him there’s a phone booth close and be ready to go.” “This (day off) happens to be a Sunday and it’s on ESPN. I know a lot of people are upset about that. The better Shohei is at the end of the season, we’re going to be playing a lot more primetime games and a lot of them in October and they will get to watch him play.” Ohtani is on an eight-game hitting streak, which is tied for his longest of the season. He has gone 11 for 31 with two...
    (CNN)Led by Shohei Ohtani's pitching and bat, the Los Angeles Angels ended a 14-game losing streak as they defeated the Boston Red Sox 5-2 on Thursday.Ohtani put the Halos on top at Angel Stadium with a two-run home run in the fifth inning, and they never relinquished the lead.He also was credited for the win after pitching seven innings, giving up one run on four hits, walking two and striking out six. Shohei Ohtani hits first grand slam as a professional "I had a couple chances to stop the losing streak on the mound, but I wasn't able to do that," Ohtani said through an interpreter, according to MLB.com. "I was glad to be able to do it today."The Angels' losing streak was the longest in franchise history, and also the longest for a team with a reigning MVP -- Ohtani -- on its roster. Read MoreThe win against the Red Sox came two days after the team relieved Joe Maddon of his duties as manager, with Phil Nevin named as interim manager in his place."I think everybody exhaled, took...
    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani pitched seven stellar innings and hit a two-run homer, and the Los Angeles Angels snapped their 14-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Thursday night. Andrew Velazquez added a three-run homer in the sixth, but the Angels ended the longest skid in franchise history squarely on the shoulders of their matchless AL MVP, both on the mound and at the plate. Ohtani (4-4) yielded four hits and a run while striking out six in a performance befitting an ace. He also had two hits, and he put the Angels ahead for the first time by crushing his 12th homer of the season off Nick Pivetta (5-5) in the fifth inning. Los Angeles won for the first time since May 24 and for the first time under interim manager Phil Nevin, who replaced the fired Joe Maddon after Monday’s series-opening loss. The Halos won for only the fourth time in 22 games since May 15, when they were 24-13 and in first place in the AL West. Alex Verdugo...
    It wasn’t much of a Sho-down. The much anticipated return of global star Shohei Ohtani to the Bronx against the Yankees unassuming ace, Nestor Cortes, lasted just three innings. Cortes cruised through seven scoreless innings, while the Bombers chased the Angels two-way star off the mound in a rain-delayed 6-1 win of the first game of a split doubleheader at the Stadium. The Yankees (35-14) have won two in a row and clinched the series against the Angels (27-24), who have now lost seven straight. The game was delayed by a quick-moving storm just as the teams took the field for the ninth inning. Wandy Peralta finished off the bottom of the Angels order after a one hour and 28 minute delay. Ohtani, the 6-foot-4, reigning American League MVP, who is marketed heavily as the face of baseball, was simply overshadowed by the Yankees’ surprising 5-foot-11, 36th-round drafted ace. Cortes just methodically dominated the Angels hitters, including Ohtani and fellow star Mike Trout. He threw seven scoreless, scattering five hits and two walks. He struck out seven and lowered his...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Matt Carpenter ended an 11-pitch at-bat with a leadoff home run against Shohei Ohtani, Gleyber Torres and Aaron Judge added solo shots off the two-way star, and the New York Yankees beat the Los Angeles Angels 6-1 Thursday to open a doubleheader. Nestor Cortes delivered seven tidy innings, DJ LeMahieu also homered and the major league-leading Yankees ensured themselves a series victory over slumping Los Angeles. The Angels lost their seventh straight, their worst skid since an eight-game slide in 2019. The game was played under threat of thunderstorms that held off until the top of the ninth. The sky opened as Wandy Peralta finished his warmup tosses, the tarp was rolled out and a 1-hour, 28-minute delay followed. Peralta came back after the pause and closed out his first save, striking out Ohtani to end it. Ohtani (3-4) slogged through another disappointing day at Yankee Stadium after getting two outs and allowing seven runs in his debut on the Bronx rubber last June. The Japanese right-hander was only a touch better in front of...
    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Lourdes Gurriel Jr. doubled home the tiebreaking run in the eighth inning for his season-high fifth RBI, and the Toronto Blue Jays overcame two homers by Shohei Ohtani to complete a four-game sweep of the Los Angeles Angels with an 11-10 victory Sunday. Raimel Tapia added three RBIs and Bo Bichette hit a tying homer in the eighth for Toronto, which capped its first four-game sweep of the Angels in 30 years with its highest-scoring performance of the season. Toronto blew a four-run lead and Los Angeles blew a three-run lead in a wild game featuring 25 combined hits and highlighted early on by Ohtani’s latest power display. Ohtani hit a solo homer in the first inning and a two-run shot in the third for his ninth career multi-homer game. The AL MVP has seven homers in May and 11 this season. Taylor Ward had a two-run homer and an RBI double for the Angels, who have lost a season-high five straight and nine of 12 after their perpetually poor pitching staff’s latest struggles. Toronto raked...
    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Vladimir Guerrero Jr. homered off Shohei Ohtani for the first time, and George Springer hit a leadoff home run in the Toronto Blue Jays’ 6-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday night. Ohtani (3-3) struck out 10 while yielding five runs over six innings in his eighth mound start of the season. He fell behind 5-2 in the sixth on a drive off the left field pole by Guerrero, who finished right behind the Angels’ two-way star in last year’s AL MVP voting. Bo Bichette hit a two-run double and Santiago Espinal had an RBI single in the third inning for Toronto in the opener of a four-game series at the Big A. Danny Jansen added his third homer in two games in the ninth. Luis Rengifo had an RBI single for the Angels, who have lost six of nine in their worst stretch of the season to date. Ohtani went 0 for 2 with a walk and an RBI groundout at the plate. Hyun Jin Ryu (2-0) gave up six hits and two...
    Cole Irvin came off the injured list to deliver a strong start in the same ballpark where he once served as an Angels groundskeeper. Cristian Pache put on another dazzling display of defense in center field. Plus, there was good news on the health of both Frankie Montas and Ramon Laureano. That, though, was the extent of the positivity Sunday for the A’s, who were shut down by Angels left-hander Patrick Sandoval in a 4-1 loss. Oakland (17-26) wound up dropping two of three during their weekend series in Anaheim and has now lost eight of its last nine series. The A’s begin a three-game set Monday night in Seattle, which sits a half game ahead of Oakland in the battle to stay out of the American League West cellar. On Sunday, Mike Trout added to the A’s troubles with three hits and two RBIs, including a seventh-inning home run off Justin Grimm, the only one of Oakland’s nine relievers who hadn’t pitched in the previous two days. Irvin, who hasn’t pitched for the A’s since April 30 because of...
    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani hit a 443-foot leadoff home run and Mike Trout added a solo shot while getting three hits and two RBIs in the Los Angeles Angels’ 4-1 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Sunday. Patrick Sandoval (3-1) struck out seven as he pitched four-hit ball into the eighth inning for the Angels, who won the final two games of the weekend series after a four-game skid. Ohtani hit his ninth home run on Cole Irvin’s second pitch, and Trout added an RBI single in the second and his 12th homer in the seventh. Trout, who also doubled in the first, struck out in the eighth to fall a triple short of the cycle for the second time in six days. Just 12 days after Angels rookie Reid Detmers threw a no-hitter at the Big A, Sandoval took a no-hitter into the fifth and a two-hitter into the eighth. The surging left-hander with a formidable changeup beat the A’s for the second straight Sunday, pitching a combined 13 2/3 innings of eight-hit, two-run ball against Oakland....
    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani homered for the second consecutive game, leading the Los Angeles Angels to a 5-1 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Sunday. A day after becoming the third Japanese-born player to reach 100 homers in the major leagues, Ohtani belted No. 101. His eighth homer this season was a 425-foot drive deep into the right-field stands off a first-inning sinker from Frankie Montas. Mike Trout, who singled ahead of Ohtani, scored. Patrick Sandoval pitched into the sixth inning and got back on track after a pair of rocky outings to help the Angels (24-13) move 11 games above .500 for the first time since July 28, 2015. Sandoval (2-1) allowed one run and four hits, lowering his ERA to 1.91. The left-hander overcame a season-high four walks and pitched out of jams in the first three innings when the A’s stranded four runners in scoring position. Sandoval has allowed three runs or fewer in all six of his starts this season. Jimmy Herget retired eight batters to complete the five-hitter and earn his first career...
    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani hit his first grand slam in professional baseball on a two-homer night, and the surging Los Angeles Angels beat the Tampa Bay Rays 11-3 on Monday. The AL MVP hit two homers in a game for the second time this season and eighth in the majors. Ohtani had a solo shot in the sixth inning off Jalen Beeks. In the seventh, he connected on a 3-1 cutter from Calvin Faucher, who was making his big-league debut, and sent it over the wall in left field for his sixth homer and the Angels’ third grand slam this season. Mike Trout and Jared Walsh also went deep and drove in three runs each for the Angels, who have won five of six. Randy Arozarena homered and Wander Franco had three hits for the Rays, who have dropped their last two after winning six straight. Trout’s two-run shot to left field off Beeks in the sixth inning extended the Angels’ lead to 5-1. Ohtani then homered on the next pitch, the fourth time the two MVPs have...
    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani hit a tying, two-run double in the ninth inning, Anthony Rendon followed with a game-ending single against his former team and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Washington Nationals 5-4 Sunday. The Angels trailed 4-2 going into the ninth. Luis Rengifo drew a walk with one out and advanced to third on Taylor Ward’s hit. Mike Trout struck out, then Ohtani lined a two-run double to center off Tanner Rainey (0-1). The reigning AL MVP had been 1 for 11 against Washington during the weekend series. Rendon then lined a single to center and Ohtani slid to avoid Victor Robles’ throw home to give the Halos the weekend series. Rendon had two hits to sink a team he spent seven seasons with and won a World Series title for in 2019. Jack Mayfield also drove in two runs for the Angels. Jaime Barria (1-0) got the win. César Hernández had three hits and Erick Fedde had his second straight strong start for the Nationals, who went 4-5 on their nine-game trip out West. Alcides...
    BOSTON (AP) — Shohei Ohtani struck out 11 over seven shutout innings, had two hits and drove in a run in the Los Angeles Angels’ 8-0 win over the Boston Red Sox on Thursday. Making his pitching debut in Babe Ruth’s original ballpark, the sport’s biggest two-way star since Ruth induced 29 swings and misses from Boston batters — a career high for Ohtani (3-2) and the most for any pitcher this year. He threw 81 of his 99 pitches for strikes, also a career high. Jared Walsh had four RBIs, curling a two-run homer around the left-field foul pole in the seventh to break a scoreless tie. The Angels turned a two-run game into a blowout in the eighth, when Ohtani’s line drive hit the Green Monster so hard that it knocked his uniform number out of the starting pitcher’s slot on the manual scoreboard. Anthony Rendon followed with an RBI single to chase Tanner Houck (2-2), and Walsh added a two-run dribbler through the shifted infield to make it 7-0. Houck gave up seven runs on five...
    A look at what’s happening around baseball today: ___ JUST SAW YOU GUYS The Mets and Phillies renew hostilities in Philadelphia only four days after their previous matchup at Citi Field, which got a little testy at the end. One inning after Philadelphia reliever Cristopher Sánchez hit Francisco Lindor in the thigh with a 93 mph pitch Sunday night, New York right-hander Yoan López threw inside to Kyle Schwarber. Both benches were warned, and Schwarber eventually grounded out. López then plunked Alec Bohm with a 1-2 changeup, but was not ejected. The next day, López (three games) and Mets manager Buck Showalter (one game) were handed suspensions by Major League Baseball. An appeal was filed by López, who had already been optioned back to Triple-A. Aaron Nola (1-3, 3.90) pitches for the Phillies in the opener of a four-game series. Taijuan Walker (0-0, 0.00) makes his third start of the season for the Mets — all against Philadelphia. New York has won four of six meetings this year, and the NL East rivals will play a whopping 13 times by...
    BOSTON (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels scored six runs in the 10th inning, including a two-run homer by Taylor Ward and a three-run shot from Jared Walsh, for a 10-5 win over the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday night. All of the runs in the 10th came with two outs for the Angels, who had Max Stassi on second to start the inning. Ward drove in Stassi with a homer off Matt Barnes. Then Mike Trout singled and Shohei Ohtani walked, prompting Boston to put in right-hander Hirokazu Sawamura for Barnes. READ MORE: 'Every Penny Gets Passed On To You': Truckers Struggling To Pay Diesel PricesAnthony Rendon then singled, scoring Trout before Walsh’s homer. Boston scored one in the bottom of the 10th — an RBI single from Jackie Bradley Jr. that brought Bobby Dalbec home. Right-hander Ryan Tepera (1-0) earned the win with a scoreless ninth inning. Barnes (0-2) took the loss, his ERA rising from 5.87 to 8.64. Boston right-hander Garrett Whitlock started the game, giving up two runs on two hits with no walks and striking...
    BOSTON (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels scored six runs in the 10th inning, including a two-run homer by Taylor Ward and a three-run shot from Jared Walsh, for a 10-5 win over the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday night. All of the runs in the 10th came with two outs for the Angels, who had Max Stassi on second to start the inning. Ward drove in Stassi with a homer off Matt Barnes. Then Mike Trout singled and Shohei Ohtani walked, prompting Boston to put in right-hander Hirokazu Sawamura for Barnes. Anthony Rendon then singled, scoring Trout before Walsh’s homer. Boston scored one in the bottom of the 10th — an RBI single from Jackie Bradley Jr. that brought Bobby Dalbec home. Right-hander Ryan Tepera (1-0) earned the win with a scoreless ninth inning. Barnes (0-2) took the loss, his ERA rising from 5.87 to 8.64. Boston right-hander Garrett Whitlock started the game, giving up two runs on two hits with no walks and striking out nine over five innings. Reid Detmers started for...
    CHICAGO (AP) — Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani was held out of the starting lineup Monday, a day after the AL MVP exited a win over the Chicago White Sox because of tightness in his groin. Angels trainer Mike Frostad said Ohtani was “doing better this morning” and there were currently no plans for an MRI or to put the two-way sensation on the injured list. Ohtani was the Angels’ designated hitter when he was pulled late for a pinch-hitter Sunday. After the game, he said he expected he’d be able to play Monday in the series finale. Ohtani went through a partial pregame warmup on Monday. Manager Joe Maddon said Ohtani could pitch at Boston later in the week. “I hope so,” Maddon said. “We’re just going to wait a day or two to figure that out.” Ohtani (2-2, 4.19 ERA) allowed two earned runs on five hits and struck out four in his last start on Wednesday. Ohtani is batting .228 with four home runs and 12 RBIs in 22 games this season. ___ More AP MLB:...
    A look at what’s happening around the majors today: ___ JUDGE VS. JAYS Yankees slugger Aaron Judge has hit five home runs in his last five games, part of a surge that’s helped New York win nine in a row. Judge has connected in three straight games. The Yankees lead the majors with a 16-6 record going into a three-game series at Toronto. George Springer, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and the Blue Jays split four games at Yankee Stadium from April 11-14 in a series that included three shutouts — two by New York pitching. Surprising, considering all the power packed into these lineups. This series marks the final leg of an early test for Toronto — 16 consecutive games (the last 10 at home) against three 2021 AL playoff teams: Boston, Houston and New York. OHTANI OK Angels star Shohei Ohtani said he expects to be back in the lineup a day after making an early exit because of tightness in his right groin. The two-way AL MVP was the Angels’ designated hitter when he was pulled for a...
    CHICAGO (AP) — Mike Trout homered, doubled and scored three runs, Michael Lorenzen pitched into the ninth inning and the Los Angeles Angels held off the Chicago White Sox 6-5 Sunday for their seventh win in eight games. Shohei Ohtani had an RBI as the Angels’ designated hitter. The two-way AL MVP went 0 for 3 and exited in the ninth inning because of tightness in his right groin. Trout walked in three other plate appearances. Andrew Velazquez and Jo Adell each doubled in a run and Anthony Rendon each had an RBI as the Angels took a 6-0 lead. Lorenzen (3-1) took a bid for his first career complete game into the ninth before the White Sox scored five times in a wild finish. Ryan Tepera, the Angels’ third pitcher of the inning, retired Gavin Sheets on a bases-loaded grounder for the final out. Chicago has lost 11 of 13. Lorenzen gave up singles to Jose Abreu and Sheets singled to begin the ninth, then was pulled with one out after Leury Garcia’s two-run double. Reliever Raisel Iglesias allowed...
    CHICAGO (AP) — Taylor Ward and Shohei Ohtani hit first-inning solo home runs off Lucas Giolito and the Los Angeles Angels rode a combined three-hitter to their sixth straight win, 5-1 over the Chicago White Sox on Friday night. Ward finished with three hits and two RBIs, and Ohtani scored three runs as the Angels used seven pitchers to climb seven games over .500 for the first time since June 11, 2018. Anthony Rendon had two doubles and an RBI and David Fletcher added two doubles in his return from a hip injury. Tim Anderson had two hits for the White Sox, who have dropped 10 of 11. Anderson doubled in the bottom of the first and scored, but Chicago didn’t get another hit until Jose Abreu singled with two outs in the seventh. Los Angeles pitchers retired 18 straight White Sox batters on a night when scheduled Angels starter Noah Syndergaard was scratched because of an undisclosed illness. Manager Joe Maddon said Syndergaard “wasn’t feeling well” before the game, but wouldn’t elaborate on the symptoms. Jimmy...
    After three games, Joe Maddon’s experiment of putting Taylor Ward at the top of the Angels batting order seems to be working Los Angeles Angels manager Joe Maddon isn’t afraid to embrace the unconventional. This is a man who walked a batter with the bases loaded earlier this season. His lineup card more closely resembles Egyptian hieroglyphs, nearly indecipherable to the uninitiated. His mind works differently than other managers, a reason why he’s had so much success, from taking the perennial underdog Rays to the World Series to bringing a world title to Chicago’s North Side for the first time in a century. Earlier this week, Maddon knew he needed to make a few changes to his lineup. The Angels had just dropped two straight games to the lowly Orioles and were sitting just a game above .500. His reigning MVP, Shohei Ohtani, had gotten off to a slow start while batting leadoff. Mike Trout, the best player on the planet, needed help in front of him. Maddon found his solution in the form of a former first-round pick who, after...
    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Taylor Ward hit a grand slam and finished a single shy of the cycle, Shohei Ohtani showed off his two-way prowess and the surging Los Angeles Angels rolled to a 9-5 victory over the Cleveland Guardians for their fourth consecutive victory Wednesday night. Mike Trout added a pair of RBI doubles and extended his hitting streak to 10 games for the Angels, who look for their first four-game sweep over Cleveland at The Big A since 1982 on Thursday afternoon. The Guardians dropped their sixth straight despite José Ramírez’s two home runs. The All-Star third baseman had two-run shots in the first and eighth innings. Ward’s slam off Zach Plesac (1-2) in the second inning was the third of his career and gave the Angels a 6-2 lead. The right fielder also had a leadoff double in the first and a triple in the sixth. He scored four times. With a chance at the cycle in the seventh, he flied out to end the inning. Ward missed the first eight games of the season due...
    Shohei Ohtani is undeniably one of the greatest baseball talents of this generation. This we already know. But when the Japanese unicorn took a perfect game against the Houston Astros through five innings on Wednesday, his abilities nearly hit god status — though he wasn’t sure he could have gone all the way. “Yeah I knew (it was a perfect game), but my pitch count was getting up there, so I wasn’t sure if I would’ve been able to finish it,” the Angels’ starting pitcher said after the game. The right-hander and star slugger started off the game with his usual heroics at the plate. He capitalized on some off-mark fastballs and off-speed pitches to lead off the first with a walk, scoring three batters later courtesy of Astros’ Jake Odorizzi’s bad start. Odorizzi actually had such a bad start, he wasn’t able to get two outs until he reached the bottom of the Angels’ order. He was pulled one batter before getting Ohtani again — and after the Angels took a 3-0 lead. That honor went to Astros’ reliever...