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Shohei Ohtani hits first major league home run, receives silent treatment from teammates


Angels P/DH Shohei Ohtani made his home debut — as a DH — on Tuesday night against the Indians and he didn’t waste any time introducing himself to the L.A. faithful. The Angels had already scored a pair runs in the bottom of the first inning thanks to Mike Trout‘s solo home run and Kole Calhoun‘s RBI single. The bases were loaded when Ohtani stepped in to face Josh Tomlin, who uncorked a wild pitch that allowed another run to score, breaking a 2-2 tie. With the count 2-2, Tomlin hung a curve that Ohtani promptly deposited over the fence in right-center field for a three-run homer, bumping the Angels’ lead to 6-2.

As Ohtani returned to the dugout, he expected to receive hearty congratulations from his teammate. Instead, he got the silent treatment.

Really cool baseball moment.

Josh Reddick says he and his Astros teammates have received death threats

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Yesterday Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle spoke to Athletics pitcher Mike Fiers. In the course of the interview, Fiers revealed that he has received death threats for blowing the whistle on the Astros’ cheating. Rob Manfred said last week, before the interview came out, that Major League Baseball would do everything in its power to protect Fiers and his family both when the A’s play in Houston and when they play anyplace else.

Manfred’s pledge of protection is going to need to be expanded, because today the guys on whom Fiers blew the whistle are saying they’ve received death threats as well.

At least Josh Reddick is saying it:

It’s obviously disgraceful for anyone to have to endure this sort of crap. People need to get a grip.