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Shohei Ohtani has thrown six ideal innings to begin his first home pitching start for the Los Angeles Angels. He's also shown improved plate discipline, posting a 8-to-6 BB/K ratio in 25 plate appearances. Following Brandon Belt's sixth-inning RBI double and Chase Utley's game-tying solo shot in the seventh, neither team added to their totals for the next six straight innings.

Sunday: 12 strikeouts in seven scoreless innings against the A's. It wasn't until the 7th inning that the Oakland Athletics managed their first hit.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia does not plan to use Ohtani as the designated hitter on Saturday and have him get a chance to extend his homer streak.

April. 1 vs. A's: Struck out six in his first major league pitching appearance, allowing three runs (all on a three-run home run) in six innings for his first major league win.

Lagares singled off Brandon Kintzler (0-2) to lead off the inning and was sacrificed to second. Graveman started their confrontation with a sinker that didn't sink. He is proving that Asian ballplayers can be sluggers who rake home runs with Judge or Trout, and they can even be two-way players like Babe Ruth. He connected on his third home run of the season.

Angels starter JC Ramirez (0-1, 7.71 ERA) went 4 2/3 innings his first start on Monday, allowing five runs (four earned) and five hits in the 6-0 loss to the visiting Cleveland Indians.

Kendall Graveman (0-1, 8.10 ERA) will get the nod for Oakland.

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Leonys Martin blooped a single off Reynaldo Lopez (0-1) starting the game, stole second, advanced on Welington Castillo's passed ball and came home on Miguel Cabrera's sacrifice fly. After four games with the A's, Los Angeles is one of just six teams to still maintain a ideal fielding percentage.

We'll keep you updated as Ohtani attempts to stay ideal over the final three innings. Trout also has seven RBIs. It's going to happen with every player.

"It's a rare kind of talent to do it both ways, and it's great to watch", Angels second baseman Zack Cozart said.

Andrew Heaney made a rehab start Friday and could join the rotation soon as he recovers from inflammation in his left elbow. "Of course, it's in the back of everyone's mind, but it's really hard to do as a pitcher".

Pirates 5, Reds 0 • In Pittsburgh, Jameson Taillon (2-0) pitched a one-hitter for his first shutout in 45 major league starts, allowing Tyler Mahle's single to center with one out in the third.

Many caveats come with trying to make inferences based on the first series of an Major League Baseball season, the biggest one being that there are 162 games and teams are just beginning to find themselves. Tampa Bay has dropped eight straight since its win on opening day.

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