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Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Angels manager Mike Scioscia, on moving Shohei Ohtani up to sixth: "I just think, where our lineup is right now, just looking at some of the groupings, it's a good spot for Shohei."

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Shohei Ohtani getting ready to take his round of BP. Teammates were instantly impressed with the way the ball jumps off his bat. Some say they've never seen anything like it.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Shohei Ohtani will bat sixth, higher than he ever has, two days after exiting his start with a blister, which doesn't affect his hitting. He'll face a same-side pitcher, lefty Eduardo Rodriguez.


The Shohei Otani Story By Tim Keown

So far, two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani is living up to Ruthian expectations. But how will he possibly keep this up? We trace his journey back to Japan in search of the surprising answer.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

The Angels entered this series with seven consecutive wins, then the Red Sox came into their place and outscored them 19-1 in the first two games. Boston is now the first team since the 2003 Giants to start a season 15-2. They lead the Majors in runs per game, starting pitcher ERA, winning percentage and run differential. Probably a lot of other stuff, too.

Martinez drives out solo shot (0:25)
Devers' clears bases with grand slam (0:20)

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Albert Pujols lined a sharp single to center field in the first inning, giving him 2,990 career hits. Ten more and he'll join Hank Aaron, Willie Mays and Alex Rodriguez as the only players to combine 600 homers with 3,000 hits.

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Ohtani set to make next start despite blister

Shohei Ohtani is expected to make his next start for the Angels after the Japanese two-way sensation was limited to two innings in his third career start Tuesday because of a blister on his pitching hand.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said he is "anticipating" Shohei Ohtani will make his next start, but wouldn't say when that is. As for hitting: "He'll be available to DH tomorrow."

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2dDan Szymborski

Who was too high or too low in MLBRank

Does Bryce Harper deserve to be in the top 5? Was Shohei Ohtani too low? Now that the votes are in, we're breaking down some of the more controversial results.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Shohei Ohtani, through his interpreter, said he's had blisters on his right middle finger at times in the past. "Usually, in Japan, I pitch without it fully healing. I've fought through it. It's going to be something similar this time, too."

Scioscia: Blister hurt Ohtani's command (0:25)

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Angels manager Mike Scioscia, on Shohei Ohtani's blister: "He got through two innings, but we don't want it to get any worse. Just make sure you bounce back for his next start, which we anticipate right now."

ESPN Stats and Information  

Shohei Ohtani threw 66 pitches Tuesday, the 2nd-most by a starter in the 1st 2 innings of a game this season. The only pitcher to throw more also faced the Red Sox (Jacob Faria, 73 on April 7).

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Shohei Ohtani said the blister affected mostly his fastball and splitter. He's dealt with the same issue previously in Japan and has been able to pitch through it, and believes he would have stayed in the game longer if it were later in the season. He confirmed that it won't affect his hitting.

Betts, Red Sox crush Ohtani, Angels (1:48)

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Shohei Ohtani had a blister in his right middle finger that "definitely affected his command." Scioscia expects him to make his next start on the mound and said it shouldn't affect his hitting.

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Team Stats

  • Pitching
  • Batting
Earned Run Average3.8715th
Quality Starts11Tied-4th
Batting Average.2782nd
On Base Percentage.3356th
Slugging Percentage.4512nd