Royals fall to Angels

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And Blue, whose time at the top was brief but who seemed nearly impossibly athletic as a pitcher, was who I was thinking about Wednesday when I drove out to the Rangers' suddenly sad second ballpark soon to be tossed aside for a third just to see an even more impossibly athletic pitcher named Shohei Ohtani. Ohtani got there a second later.

Lucas Duda singled home Mike Moustakas, who doubled, with two outs in the eighth for Kansas City. Over their last 10 games, the Royals have been held to three runs or less in eight of them and two or less in seven of them.

Williams (3-0) was a bit better than Kyle Hendricks (0-1) in what began as a pitchers' duel following Chicago's 13-5 rout of Pittsburgh on Wednesday night. In the first at-bat, Kluber was challenging Ohtani with pitches high and away.

Ohtani might be the only player in the major leagues who is, by team rules, entirely unavailable to the media pregame - not only on days he pitches, but also on days he doesn't.

In the Thursday game, the Angels will be going with Nick Tropenao for the start.

Ohtani finished the game going 1-for-4 with an RBI and a walk. His most recent home run was a towering 449 foot shot to center field.

SAN DIEGO - Chris Stratton and Derek Law combined on a one-hitter, and Hunter Pence's broken-bat, two-run bloop single highlighted a three-run first inning for San Francisco.

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Ohtani is scheduled to be the starting pitcher in the finale against the Royals — which would be his third consecutive Sunday on the mound.

The Royals scored three runs in the fourth, one unearned, to seize a 4-2 lead.

Still, Ohtani meets with the media - first a generally small English-language session, translated by Mizuhara, then one with the larger Japanese contingent - after every game in which he appears. He continued to wow us with striking out the side again in the 5th when he got Khris Davis, Matt Olson, and Matt Chapman to all strikeout swinging.

Drew Butera had an RBI single in the seventh that made it 5-2, but Whit Merrifield flied out with the bases full to end the inning.

In his 10 career starts after a Royals defeat, Junis is 5-1 with a 2.83 ERA. They have been outscored 54-24 in the nine losses. He threw the splitter 34 times and got a swing and miss on nearly half of them.

Shohei is probably the biggest story in all of baseball at the moment so keep an eye on him because he is must watch T.V for the time being. This is practically unheard of in modern day professional baseball, as specialization has become the norm for most players.

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