the reigning Most valuable Player (MVP for its acronym in English) of the last season of the Major League Baseball (MLB) in the American League, Shohei Ohtanihad his first appearance as a pitcher, and in his start against the Kansas City Royals He looked in top shape.
The Japanese star of the Angels, worked for 2 and a third innings, in which scored 5 strikeoutsallowing only one run, in a game that the Royals would end up leading 8-5.
Ohtani, 27, got to work early, throwing a strike on his first shot to batter Kyle Isabel, who he ended up striking out with a high fastball.
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The star of the Californian team retired 7 of the 11 batters he faced, making a total of 50 pitches, with 33 of them being strikes.
Last season, after battling injuries in his first few years in MLB with the Angels, Ohtani was finally healthy, and became one of the most accomplished hitters and pitchers, earning his first MVP award.
Despite failing to lead his team to the postseason, Ohtani put up impressive numbers as a hitter with 46 homers138 hits, 100 RBIs, 26 doubles, 8 triples, 26 stolen bases, with a batting average of .257.
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As a pitcher he was just as brilliant, posting a record of 9 wins and 2 losses, striking out 156 battersin 23 starts, with a 3.18 ERA, in 130 1/3 innings pitched.