Shohei Ohtani blasts home run off Yusei Kikuchi in long-awaited MLB duel

first_imgOhtani batted third in the bottom of the first inning and reached on a two-out infield single on the third pitch he saw from Kikuchi. The Los Angeles designated hitter eventually scored with Albert Pujols on a Kevan Smith single.#Ohtani Single ✅#TheHaloWay #Kikuchi #大谷翔平 pic.twitter.com/nv8kNj2yPB— Anaheim Sports (@AnaheimSports1) June 9, 2019Ohtani later hit the last in a set of back-to-back-to-back home runs off Kikuchi in the fourth inning.AND I OOP— pic.twitter.com/CjJKmXccbX— Cut4 (@Cut4) June 9, 2019The 24-year-old Ohtani and the 27-year-old Kikuchi attended the same high school in Japan but never played on the same team. They faced each other five times in Japan’s top league.”I still have mixed feelings. I was trying to treat it like a normal at-bat, but again, he went to the same high school as me, so there was something special about it,” Ohtani told Fox Sports West after the game, via interpreter Ippei Mizuhara. “But I’m glad the results are there.” MORE: Dallas Keuchel brings a veteran presence to a young Braves roster Japanese baseball fans finally got the matchup they were waiting for. The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani and the Mariners’ Yusei Kikuchi had their first major league showdown Saturday at Angel Stadium. The matchup pitted the reigning AL Rookie of the Year against the Mariners’ prized rookie left-hander. They faced each other five times in Japan’s top league. Los Angeles went on to win the game 12-3.The duo were originally slated to face each other on May 30, but Angels manager Brad Ausmus pulled Ohtani from the lineup shortly before the game’s first pitch. Ausmus typically rests Ohtani against left-handed pitchers but gave him a shot on Saturday.Ohtani, who isn’t pitching this season as he recovers from Tommy John surgery, entered the weekend hitting .250 with five home runs and 20 RBIs. Kikuchi is 3-3 with a 4.43 ERA in 13 starts.last_img read more

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Steelers fail on 2-pointer, fall to Ravens 22-20

first_imgPittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders is unable to hold on to the ball for a 2-point conversion as he is pressured by Baltimore Ravens defensive back Chykie Brown in the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, in Baltimore. Baltimore won 22-20. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)BALTIMORE (AP) – Ben Roethlisberger draped his right arm around Emmanuel Sanders after the receiver emerged from the showers in the locker room, the quarterback accepting the blame for a failed 2-point conversion that settled a yes-no-yes-no-yes-no, 22-20 finish befitting the tense rivalry between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens.Yes. The Steelers scored a touchdown on the first play after the two-minute warning. No. Replay showed that Heath Miller’s right knee was down at the half-yard line.Yes. Le’Veon Bell scored on 1-yard run. No. Replay showed his helmet came off at the half-yard line from a helmet-to-helmet hit by Jimmy Smith that left both players injured.Yes. Jerricho Cotchery caught a 1-yard touchdown pass on fourth down with 1:03 remaining. No. The 2-point attempt that would have tied the game failed when Roethlisberger’s passed slipped through the hands of Sanders, who was screened by cornerback Chykie Brown.That left the Steelers with a frustrating loss to the Ravens on Thursday night, ending a three-game winning streak and putting Pittsburgh’s playoff hopes in serious trouble.“Ben gave me a good ball; I’ve got to make that play,” Sanders said. “It hit my hands, and I’ve got to make the play. It’s not on him. It’s on me.”Disney Channel star Zendaya Coleman performs the national anthem in front of children participating in the Play 60 program before an NFL football game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)Responded Roethlisberger: “I got frustrated with myself because I’ve got to give him a better ball. It wasn’t an easy catch, and I could’ve made it a lot easier on him, so I take that on myself.”The Steelers came that close, having awakened after a first half in which the offense generated 98 yards. Pittsburgh scored touchdowns on three of its four second-half possessions, nearly enough to compensate for a string of 3-pointers from Baltimore kicker Justin Tucker, who finished with five field goals.The Steelers (5-7), despite a losing record, started the day in a six-way tie for the AFC’s second wild-card berth. Now they can hardly afford to lose again.“It’s definitely a win-out situation,” Sanders said. “But what can we do but continue to focus on the next opponent?”The game had its share of weirdness. A first-half field goal attempt by Shaun Suisham was aborted because the Pittsburgh kicker misheard the snap count and started too early. The play turned into a 12-yard loss that gave the Ravens good field position for a scoring drive.In the third quarter, Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin strayed to the edge of the field as Jacoby Jones streaked down the sideline on a kickoff return. Jones had to alter his path to avoid the coach and was tackled after a 73-yard return.“I always watch the returns on the Jumbotron, it provides a better perspective for me,” Tomlin said. “Obviously I lost my placement as he broke free, and I saw it at the last second, saw how close I was to the field of play.”Asked if he thought he interfered with Jones, Tomlin said: “No.”Jones’ take?“I don’t blame other people’s actions,” Jones said. “I still should have scored.”Then, of course, came the crazy sequence at the end. Tomlin had no problem with the actual rulings that overturned the two apparent touchdowns, but he wondered why it took so long to call for the review after Bell’s helmet came off.“I understand the rule that when a runner’s helmet comes off, the play is over,” Tomlin said. “The issue I have – I was told on the field that the touchdown was confirmed by multiple officials and then they reviewed. That’s my issue, from a mechanics standpoint.”The collision left Bell with a concussion, one of several Steelers injuries that included defensive end Brett Keisel (foot), guard Kelvin Beachum (knee), tackle Mike Adams (ankle), guard David DeCastro (foot) and offensive lineman Fernando Velasco (ankle).“It’s typical Steelers-Ravens in terms of being nip-and-tuck, just not enough plays down the stretch,” Tomlin said. “I appreciate the effort of the guys, but we didn’t come here with effort in mind. We came here to win.”___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org___Follow Joseph White on Twitter: http://twitter.com/JGWhiteAPlast_img read more

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