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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.

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.