Sport After Ohtani dazzles Twins, Angels rally late for 2-1 win

03:25  14 may  2018
03:25  14 may  2018 Source:   ap.org

Shohei Ohtani set to return to mound Sunday for Angels

  Shohei Ohtani set to return to mound Sunday for Angels Shohei Ohtani is set to make his return to the mound after being announced as the Los Angeles Angels' starter for Sunday's series finale against Seattle. The Angels listed Ohtani as the starter on prior to Saturday's game. He went through a bullpen session on Friday and came out of that without issue. Manager Mike Scioscia said after Friday's game that all signs were pointing to Ohtani making the start but the team wanted to wait till Saturday before making it official.It sets up an enticing pitching matchup with Felix Hernandez set to get the start for Seattle.

(AP) — Shohei Ohtani hit his fifth homer and added an RBI double, and Ian Kinsler had a two-run homer among his three hits in the Los Angeles Angels ‘ seventh win in nine games, 7-4 over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night.

The Twins couldn’t make that happen Thursday night at Angel Stadium, and the result was a 7-4 loss to the Los Angeles Angels and the end of their five-game winning Justin Upton added a solo homer on another hanger in the third, and Albert Pujols and Ohtani added back-to-back doubles for a 4-0 lead.


ANAHEIM, Calif. — Shohei Ohtani struck out 11 while pitching three-hit ball into the seventh inning, and Zack Cozart got a walk-off RBI single in the Los Angeles Angels' 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Sunday.

Chris Young was hit by a pitch from Zach Duke (2-2) leading off the ninth. After Martin Maldonado bunted Young to second, Cozart cracked his second game-ending hit of the season into left field, where Eddie Rosario couldn't field it cleanly for a throw to the plate.

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Eddie Rosario homered twice, Bobby Wilson hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the ninth inning, and the Twins rallied for a 5-4 victory The Twins had been 0-13 when trailing after eight innings. ”It was a good team win . With Pujols sitting, Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani batted fourth, going 1 for 4

Search for: Dealosaurus. We provide the latest news! Toggle navigation. The Twins had been 0-13 when trailing after eight innings. “It was a good team win . Ohtani cleans up. With Pujols sitting, Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani batted fourth, going 1 for 4. Ohtani has a hit in 15 of the 17

BOX SCORE: ANGELS 2, TWINS 1

Although neither got a decision, two promising rookie pitchers put on a tantalizing duel at the Big A.

Ohtani was dominant again in his sixth big-league start, but the Angels' two-way sensation was denied his fourth win when he left after walking Logan Morrison on nine pitches in the seventh. Reliever Cam Bedrosian promptly allowed two hits, including pinch-hitter Joe Mauer's tying RBI single.

Fernando Romero pitched five innings of four-hit ball in his third big-league start for the Twins. The Dominican right-hander allowed his first career run in the fifth inning, but otherwise excelled against the Angels' veteran lineup.

Minnesota then put four straight batters on base in the ninth inning, yet the Angels kept it tied.

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Saturday, 12 May, 2018. Sports. Ohtani homers again as Angels top Twins . After all, we don't get pitching match-ups like this too often. BC-BBA- Twins - Angels , 422 Rosario homers twice, Twins rally in ninth, beat Angels Upton then homered the following night in another win against Baltimore.

ANAHEIM, California--Shohei Ohtani hit his fifth homer and added an RBI double, and Ian Kinsler had a two-run homer among his three hits in the Los Angeles Angels ' seventh win in nine games, 7-4 over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night.

After Ehire Adrianza was thrown out at the plate by Ian Kinsler while attempting to score from first on Robbie Grossman's double, Blake Parker (1-1) got Brian Dozier to pop out with the bases loaded.

When Young and Cozart swiftly ended it, Parker got the win for throwing just one pitch.

Maldonado had two hits and a walk for the Angels, scoring the game's first run on Justin Upton's groundout in the fifth inning.

Romero's career-opening scoreless streak ended at 15 2/3 innings when Upton beat out a potential double-play grounder in the fifth, but he struck out six while walking three.

Ohtani was making his first daytime home start since he took a perfect game into the seventh inning of a brilliant one-hit, 12-strikeout performance against Oakland on April 8. He was in top form on the mound yet again while throwing a career-high 103 pitches.

The Twins managed two short singles early on, but Ohtani also struck out five straight and nine of 12 batters during the first four innings, with his 99-mph fastball alternating with vicious breaking pitches.

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Ohtani hit his fifth homer and added an RBI double, and Ian Kinsler had a two-run homer among his three hits in the Angels ’ seventh win in nine games, 7-4 over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night.

The Minnesota Twins scored three runs in the top of the ninth inning and rallied for a 5-4 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night. RHP Blake Wood (elbow) could receive a rehab assignment after throwing two bullpen sessions this week. Ohtani cleans up.

Morrison got two hits and that key walk against Ohtani while the rest of Minnesota's lineup struggled mightily against the Japanese star.

After Ohtani left to a standing ovation, Bedrosian blew the lead in two batters.

MIDDLETON LEAVES

Angels reliever Keynan Middleton threw just 12 pitches in the eighth inning, heading to the dugout with a 1-1 count on Rosario. Middleton only returned from the disabled list last Thursday after sitting out with elbow inflammation.

IRON MAN 2

Mike Trout didn't start for the first time this season, but the two-time AL MVP struck out looking as a pinch-hitter with two runners on in the seventh inning. He was on deck when Cozart ended it. Trout has played in all 39 games for the Angels, joining Upton in making an appearance every day so far this season.

UP NEXT

Twins: Jake Odorizzi (3-2, 3.83 ERA) takes the mound when they return home for a makeup game against Seattle. The April 8 meeting was postponed by cold. The right-hander has 38 strikeouts in 42 1/3 innings this season.

Angels: Andrew Heaney (1-3, 4.78 ERA) is on the mound for the start of the Houston Astros' first visit to Angel Stadium since winning the World Series. The Halos won two of three against their AL West rivals last month in Houston.

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The Twins had been 0-13 when trailing after eight innings. "It was a good team win . Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani , right, of Japan, hits a single to load the bases with Minnesota Twins catcher Bobby Wilson watching during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif

Shohei Ohtani hit his fifth homer and added an RBI double, and Ian Kinsler had a two-run homer among his three hits in the Angels ' seventh win in nine games, 7-4 over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night.

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