Kinsler drives in go-ahead run as Angels edge Royals

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Hitting home runs in three consecutive games will do that for a pitcher.

"He looked really sad when he was asking me", Ohtani said through a translator.

Unlike most major league baseball players, Ohtani is used as both a starting pitcher and a designated hitter.

According to a fascinating feature from the Washington Post's Dave Sheinin, Ohtani's starts have drawn about 120 Japanese reporters, with that number winnowing to 50 for his road games. An official Shohei Ohtani model, with his name on it in Kanji. The bullpen has an outstanding ERA of just 2.48, along with a WHIP of 1.29. His most recent home run was a towering 449 foot shot to center field.

LeMahieu added an RBI double in the second off Gonzalez (1-1). Not too shabby for your first week.

On Wednesday night Shohei Ohtani started the scoring with an RBI single to take a 1-0 lead.

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He pitched well in his last start, but didn't last that long, throwing only 4.1 innings overall despite just allowing one earned run.

Fast forward to Sunday afternoon at Angel Stadium. Oh, boy, did he put on a Sho-w (Pun Intended). And Blue, whose time at the top was brief but who seemed nearly impossibly athletic as a pitcher, was who I was thinking about Wednesday when I drove out to the Rangers' suddenly sad second ballpark soon to be tossed aside for a third just to see an even more impossibly athletic pitcher named Shohei Ohtani.

Los Angeles has averaged 28.7 runs + hits + errors over its last 10 games and 32.6 over its last five. The over has hit in seven of those games, compared to three that've gone under in such games. He continued to wow us with striking out the side again in the 5th when he got Khris Davis, Matt Olson, and Matt Chapman to all strikeout swinging.

With one out in the 7th, Marcus Semien singled to left on a 2-0 fastball, breaking Ohtani's ideal game bid. After a quick mound visi, t Ohtani was able to regroup get Khris Davis to ground out and then get Matt Olson to strike out for the 3rd time on none other than his electrifying splitter.

BC-BBA-Angels-Royals, 1st Ld-Writethru, 857 Ohtani's 3-run triple sends Angels to 7-1 win over RoyalsAP Photo MOCR112, MOCR111, MOCR114, MOCR115, MOCR116, MOCR113, MOCR102, MOCR104, MOCR105, MOCR107, MOCR110, MOCR101Eds: Angels 7, Royals 1. LA outscored the Rangers, 26-6, and outhit them, 40-20. He threw the splitter 34 times and got a swing and miss on nearly half of them. "It's just kind of insane, all the fame that he gets, even over in Japan, and obviously over here now".

One who plays even when he doesn't pitch.