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Shohei Ohtani impresses in first major league start

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Angels pitcher Shohei Ohtani impressed in his first start in the majors, facing the Athletics on Sunday afternoon in Oakland. The right-hander went six innings, allowing three runs on three hits and a walk with six strikeouts. All three runs came on Matt Chapman‘s three-run home run in the bottom of the second inning. Ohtani was otherwise dominant.

As Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports notes, Ohtani threw 39 fastballs, averaging just under 98 MPH. He reached 100 MPH three times and 99 nine times. Across all 92 pitches, he made batters whiff 18 times. Five of those whiffs came on his splitter.

Ohtani collected his first major league hit in his first at-bat on Opening Day, when he was in the lineup as a DH.

Phillies talking to Blue Jays about Curtis Granderson

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Ken Rosenthal reports that the Phillies are talking to the Blue Jays about outfielder Curtis Granderson.

Rosenthal says that the Phillies are looking at Granderson as a bench bat and fourth outfielder to be deployed against righties. Granderson, 37, is hitting .230/.337/.417 with nine homers and 29 RBI over 81 games this season, substantially better against righties. Against lefties he’s a clear liability.

Granderson was traded at last year’s deadline too, from the Mets to the Dodgers, but cratered badly after arriving in L.A. and was a non-entity in the playoffs.