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Ohtani hits 3-run triple in Angels' win over Royals

Ohtani hits 3-run triple in Angels' win over Royals Ohtani hits 3-run triple in Angels' win over Royals
Melinda Barton | 16 April, 2018, 15:10

Prior to the Angels' 7-1 win, Ohtani shared a special moment with a young Royals fan named Leo, who believes Ohtani is the best player ever. Ohtani broke the game open with a three-run triple in the sixth on a 97-mph Brandon Maurer fastball. Merrifield went 0 for 4 and stranded three runners.

Pitchers, especially those from the American league, do not usually have to worry about hitting due to the presence of the designated hitter. Hendricks allowed two runs and five hits in six innings. He earned the win in his second start and has two no decisions in his other two.

Heaney looked really good in his one rehab start allowing only one run in 6.1 innings for the Inland Empire 66'ers. The problem was that he had already thrown 94 pitches.

It's not often the No. 8 batter gets the intentional-walk treatment.

Jakob Junis gets the call for the Angels to oppose Garrett Richards, and he will be looking to go 3-0 on the year.

The 2016 AL Cy Young Award victor struck out six and walked none in his third straight win to begin the year. The veteran right-hander permitted three hits while walking two and striking out five. This is practically unheard of in modern day professional baseball, as specialization has become the norm for most players.

The two-way star's batting heroics came four days after he took a no-hitter into the seventh inning in his last pitching start against the Oakland Athletics.

Tropeano, making his first big league appearance since July 18, 2016, limited the Royals to six hits over 6 2/3 scoreless innings.

Jose Ramirez hit a two-run homer, and Trevor Bauer (1-1) struck out seven while pitching seven innings of two-run ball. The team has slashed.271/.337/.382 over its last five matchups and is 1-4 SU during that span. Heaney struggled a year ago once he came back the last two months of the season going 1-2 with a 7.07 ERA and a 1.66 WHIP.

0-4 in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning % above.600.

The Royals have dropped five of Hammel's last six starts and six straight when Hammels faces off with an AL West opponent.