Shohei Ohtani Gets Silent Treatment After First MLB Homerun

Tyler Naquin is congratulated by teammates after hitting a two-run home run during the fourth inning against the Angels on April 2 in Anaheim Calif

Making his home debut in Los Angeles on Tuesday, the 23-year-old cracked a three-run home run in his first at-bat in front of the home crowd.

The homer was Ohtani's second hit in the majors - his first was in his first big league at-bat, at Oakland last Thursday. Nevertheless, Ohtani has already become the first player since 1920 to both start separate games as a hitter and as a pitcher within the first 10 games of the season.

Infielder for the Angels, Ian Kinsler, said, "It's a lot of fun to see something like that from a guy that has a huge spotlight on his and obviously doesn't let it bother him, comes out and plays extremely well the first week of the season".

The Japanese two-way star gave up three runs in six innings in a win Sunday over the Athletics on the road, demonstrating that he may what it takes to be a solid Major League Baseball pitcher.




Trout, Justin Upton and Luis Valbuena also homered for the Angels. Rivera hit the Angels' fifth homer of the night, a two-run blast in the eighth inning.

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"After getting my first hit out of the way, I felt more comfortable and relaxed", Ohtani said through and interpreter. Statcast measured the latter hit at 112.8 miles per hour, the hardest hit ball by an Angels player this season. Serving as the designated hitter, Ohtani finished the game 3-for-4 in what had to be a dream come true debut at Angel Stadium. The Angels' current plan is to have Ohtani rest the day after a start. Not for nothing, but the Angels would cruise to a 2-13 victory en route to a 4-2 start here in the early going.

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