Ohtani slams first Major League Baseball homer

Tyler Naquin is congratulated by teammates after hitting a two-run home run during the fourth inning against the Angels on April 2 in Anaheim Calif

When Ohtani returned to the dugout he jokingly received the silent treatment from his Angels teammates before they mobbed him in celebration. After players broke character and jumped around Ohtani to celebrate, Mike Trout pointed to the field and instructed Ohtani to take a curtain call. Rivera hit the Angels' fifth homer of the night, a two-run blast in the eighth inning. Even though it's early in the season, Ohtani has batted 4-9 for a batting average of.444 in two games.

Upton picked up his first home run for the Angels in the second to make hit 7-2, and Valbuena had a solo homer in the third.

It was not a flawless start, but the 6-foot-4 Ohtani pitched six innings, allowing three earned runs on three hits with one walk and six strikeouts.

Ohtani said, "I thought it was going to hit the fence. That was a factor".




"It's a lot of fun to see something like that from a guy that has a huge spotlight on him and obviously doesn't let it bother him, comes out and plays extremely well the first week of the season", Angels infielder Ian Kinsler said.

In his first start as a pitcher Sunday, Shohei Ohtani struck out the first batter he faced en route to a win over Oakland. The Angels' current plan is to have Ohtani rest the day after a start.

Indians: RHP Corey Kluber (0-1) starts Wednesday in the finale of the three-game series. In his hitting debut on Thursday, Ohtani went just 1-for-5, picking up a groundball single off Athletics right-hander Kendall Graveman in his first career at-bat.

Ohtani also failed to produce good numbers as a pitcher in spring training, giving up eight earned runs in 2.2 innings over two appearances, for a 27.00 ERA and a ghastly 4.12 WHIP.

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