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Shohei Ohtani steals house vs. Yankees

ANAHEIM – There seems to be nothing Shohei Ohtani can’t do on a baseball field, and against the Yankees on Tuesday he did something he had never done before.

The two-way star stole home for the Angels for the first time in his four-year career in a triple rally in the fifth inning. With runners in first and third places, Phil Gosselin stole second and Ohtani successfully stole home as part of a double steal. Ohtani slipped unbelievably past catcher Gary Sánchez and just hit shortstop Gio Urshela’s throw.

It was the game’s second stolen base for Ohtani, who is the favorite for the American League MVP award in September. Ohtani leads the majors with 42 homers and also has 22 stolen bases. He is only the fourth player in AL history with at least 42 homers and 22 stolen bases in one season, alongside Jose Canseco (1988, ’91, ’98), Alex Rodriguez (’98, 2007) and Ken Griffey Jr. ( ’99.). ). And he’s also 8-1 with a 3:00 ERA and 127 strikeouts in 105 innings over 19 starts on the hill.

Ohtani was deliberately run with runners in second and third with two outs in fifth. But the move backfired for the Yankees when Gosselin got away with a two-run single from right-handed Jameson Taillon. Reliever Joely Rodríguez came on but allowed the double steal, which was the second in the game for the Angels.

David Fletcher and Ohtani also made a double steal from second and third in a fourth inning with three runs. Gosselin showed a bunt for the first out, but Jared Walsh followed with a three-run blast to give the Angels the lead.


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