Ohtani back on mound today for Angels

April 8th, 2018

ANAHEIM -- 's second test on the mound will come against a familiar foe.

Ohtani is slated to make his first pitching appearance at Angel Stadium this afternoon in the Angels' series finale against the A's, the same team he beat in his pitching debut at the Coliseum last week.

Ohtani earned his first MLB win after limiting Oakland to three runs on three hits over six strong innings. All the A's runs came via a three-run homer by in the second inning, though Ohtani did not permit a hit after that, retiring 14 of the last 15 batters he faced. Ohtani, whose fastball averaged 97.8 mph, struck out six and induced 18 swings-and-misses over the impressive outing.

The A's had little information on Ohtani heading into his first start, as the 23-year-old right-hander logged only 2 2/3 innings over two Cactus League starts during Spring Training, but there won't be as much intrigue this time around.

"There's adjustments that you make whether you're facing the same team or you're facing a different team," manager Mike Scioscia said. "I think that as they got a chance to see Shohei last Sunday, he got a chance to log what their hitters are doing. He made adjustments during the game last Sunday also, so I think it's just part of the schedule. When you're going back to back, it's things that every pitcher has to deal with. Shohei will start off with a good game plan and make adjustments off of it."

Ohtani, who homered in his third straight game as the Angels' designated hitter on Friday, has already made history over his successful first week in the Majors. He is the first American League player to homer in three consecutive games in the same season that he started a game as a pitcher since Babe Ruth in 1930.

"I'm having some good games, so I'm hoping that I can continue that with my role as a starting pitcher," Ohtani said.