Shohei Ohtani homers in 3rd straight game for Angels

ANAHEIM CA- APRIL 06 Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim watches the ball go over the center field wall for a solo homerun during the second inning of the MLB game against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium

Shohei Ohtani homers in 3rd straight game for Angels

Japanese two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani on Friday continued his assault on the record books, becoming the first Los Angeles Angels rookie to homer in each of his first three home games.

The two-way star from Japan connected for a long, solo drive in the second inning against Daniel Gossett. The ball landed in the rocks beyond the center-field wall after traveling 136.8 meters. The first player in the majors to attempt to both pitch and hit as a regular since Babe Ruth, the 23-year-old Ohtani had homered in each of his three games between pitching assignments as the Angels' designated hitter.

In Cleveland, Michael Brantley singled home two runs in his first at-bat this season and Carlos Carrasco worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth for the Indians in their chilly home opener.

After a poor performance all around by A's pitchers the night before, it looked like Triggs could have been headed down that same path in the fourth when he surrendered a two-run homer to Justin Upton.

Los Angeles led 6-0.

The Angels trailed 6-0 in the second. Kole Calhoun scored on a wild pitch.

Trout also delivered a run-scoring single in the fourth that extended the Angels lead to 4-0 and drove Graveman (0-2) from the game.

Another followed after he struck out the Athletics' Matt Olson to end the seventh.

Mike Trout and Ryan Schimpf homered, and Albert Pujols had an RBI double in the Angels' seventh win in nine games.

Ohtani is the first American League player with a home run and at least two RBIs in each of his first three home games since RBIs became an official statistic in 1920, according to STATS.

Athletics: Oakland put OF Boog Powell on the 10-day DL with a right knee sprain in a move retroactive to Saturday.

Athletics: After a day off in Los Angeles, Sean Manaea (0-1, 1.15 ERA) takes the mound at Dodger Stadium to open a two-game interleague series.

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Angels: LHP Andrew Heaney (elbow inflammation) gave up one run and two hits while striking out six in 6 1/3 innings in a rehab assignment at Single-A Inland Empire. Graveman was pulled with just one out in the third as he allowed five runs on five hits with four walks and three strikeouts, throwing only 84 pitches.

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