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Japanese dynamo Ohtani homers in third straight game

Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels hits a solo home run in the second inning of the game against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium on Friday. AFP
Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels hits a solo home run in the second inning of the game against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium on Friday. AFP

Japanese dynamo Ohtani homers in third straight game

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

The 23-year-old phenom is living up to the hype, crushing a fastball from pitcher Daniel Gossett 449 feet over the centre field wall as the Angels rallied to beat the Oakland A’s 13-9 at Angels Stadium.

Ohtani’s second inning blast reduced Oakland’s lead to 6-1.

He has now homered off Cleveland Indians Josh Tomlin on Tuesday and reigning American League Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber on Wednesday.

The left-handed slugger also flied out in the fourth inning, earned a bases-loaded walk in the fifth and ground out in the seventh.

He is now seven-for-16 with three home runs and six RBIs in his first four starts at designated hitter.

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