Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Japanese sensation Ohtani triples as Angels rout Royals

Japanese sensation Ohtani triples as Angels rout Royals

Coming up Thursday from Kauffman Stadium, the Los Angeles Angels and the Kansas City Royals will be kicking off their Major League Baseball series.

As Los Angeles Angels pitcher/DH Shohei Ohtani has captured American baseball fans' imaginations with his remarkable first two weeks in the major leagues, media coverage of him here in the US has swelled enormously. "I have to follow what they have to say", he noted. "He has a really good, firm fastball, so I was ready for that, too".

"A year and a half watching all your buddies play and all I wanted to do was compete", Tropeano said. Lucas Duda responded by getting the hit that would lead to the only run for the Royals when he singled in the bottom of the inning, but it was not enough to stop the Angels from claiming their fifth straight win.

CINCINNATI - Jose Martinez drove in six runs and Yadier Molina homered in his return from a one-game suspension, powering St. Louis to a victory that left Cincinnati mired in its worst start since 1955. The Kansas City Royals are having problems scoring, last in the American League with 32 runs.

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Merrifield started in center field for the first time in his career. It was his first game since September 13, when he gave up eight runs in a loss for the Houston Astros.

The two-way star's batting heroics came four days after he took a no-hitter into the seventh inning in his last pitching start against the Oakland Athletics.

The Royals scored three runs in the fourth, one unearned, to seize a 4-2 lead. Marcus Semien struck out on 6 pitches and Ohtani finished the inning strong getting ahead in the count on Jed Lowrie with a 96.7 miles per hour four seamer then following it up with 2 nasty splitters that made Lowrie look like a little leaguer.

Royals: OF Alex Gordon, on the disabled list with a left labrum tear, had 2009 surgery on a right labrum tear.

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Shohei Ohtani said, "I feel very comfortable with my team and I want to keep contributing". He received a cortisone shot Monday and has been shut down since. You hear the labrum tear and you get down in the dumps. For the rest of the day, talk shows dissect his every move and sports programs feature highlights of his latest accomplishments.

Angels: LHP Andrew Heaney gets the ball Friday night in Kansas City, his first start of the year after beginning the season on the disabled list with elbow inflammation.

The Kansas City hitters have put up 2.9 runs per outing, including 3.4 per game over their last five. He threw six scoreless innings in a no-decision at Cleveland.

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