Shohei Ohtani matched Babe Ruth with a rare feat Tuesday

Posted April 05, 2018

The three-run homer capped off a six-run first inning for Los Angeles that started with a Mike Trout home run after Cleveland pushed across two runs in the top half of the first inning. He will pitch against the A's Sunday in his second big league start.

Ohtani's homer just cleared the fence in right field, which the Angels had lowered from 18 feet to eight feet during the offseason.

Ohtani beat the Athletics on Sunday, working six innings and allowing three earned runs on three hits and one walk to go with six strikeouts. The Babe was playing for the Yankees by that point, but Ohtani matched two other Boston accomplishments with his performance as designated hitter Tuesday. 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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After signing with the Angels for a relative pittance, due to Major League Baseball rules about his age and status as an global free agent, Ohtani had engendered more Ruth comparisons in the USA, but mostly due being the first legitimate two-way player since the legendary slugger's early-career period.

Ohtani could probably use a couple hundred at-bats in the minor leagues to get used to the pitching here, but because of his own pitching prowess, he will have to learn at the major league level. His two games last week made him the first player since Ruth in 1919 to start as a non-pitcher on Opening Day and then get a start on the mound within his team's first 10 contests.

The young phenom will continue to receive comparisons to Babe Ruth.

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There's no denying that Ohtani still has some work to do to reach his true potential at the plate.

Matt Citak is a contributor for CBS Local Sports and a proud Vanderbilt alum.

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