Shohei Ohtani could exhale, at last having made it through a whirlwind week and not one, but two separate debuts in the big leagues.
He got his first career hit, then three days later earned a win on the mound. Souvenir balls for each occasion.
Impressing manager Mike Scioscia with both his poise and repertoire, the two-way star from Japan won his major league pitching debut. He threw three-hit ball over six innings and led the Los Angeles Angels past the Oakland Athletics 7-4 on Sunday.
Personally I feel like I got off to a good start and obviously the team went 3-1 on the first road trip, so I’m very happy with the results, Ohtani said through a translator.
It’s fun watching guys succeed like that, Green said. A guy that’s earning everything he’s getting right now. Fought his way to the big leagues. … You see the power; it’s real. It was a fun game for him, one I’m sure he’ll remember for the rest of his life.
Villanueva homered against the Rockies last season.
The kid’s got power. We saw it last year, Rockies manager Bud Black said. Tonight he was locked in. He got some pitches in the middle of the plate and he’s got some pull power and he lofted the ball three times. What can you say He squared up three balls. Gotta give him credit. He got balls in the middle and he didn’t miss them.
Blue Jays: LHP Jaime Garcia makes his first start for Toronto as the Blue Jays begin a three-game series Monday night against the White Sox. RHP Miguel Gonzalez goes for Chicago.
A big bopper powered the New York Yankees to victory in their most anticipated home opener in years — Didi Gregorius, not Giancarlo Stanton or Aaron Judge.
When the Yankees agreed to acquire Stanton from Miami on Dec. 9, Gregorius playfully tweeted : Hey Skip am i still batting 4th
He sure is.
Gregorius hit a pair of three-run homers and had a career-high eight RBI, helping New York overcame five strikeouts by Stanton in his first game in pinstripes. In Aaron Boone’s chilly first home opener as manager, the Yankees broke a seventh-inning tie and romped over the Tampa Bay Rays 11-4 on Tuesday.
That’s what a cleanup hitter does: You clean up the garbage in front of you, Stanton said.
Starting his fourth season as Derek Jeter’s successor, Gregorius had four hits and walked. He set a major league record for RBI by a player in a home opener and a Yankees record for RBI by a shortstop.