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

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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.

Nelson Cruz hits 400th career home run

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Twins DH Nelson Cruz hit his 400th career home run, a solo home run in the fourth inning of Sunday’s game against the Royals. The blast padded the Twins’ lead to 8-6, and was also No. 40 on the season for Cruz.

Cruz, 39, is the 57th member of the 400-homer club. He was previously tied with Andres Galarraga and Al Kaline at 399. Cruz has hit 163 of his homers with the Mariners, 157 with the Rangers, and 40 each with the Orioles and Twins.

Cruz entered Sunday batting .300/.383/.624 with 104 RBI in 500 plate appearances. Pretty good production for the Twins from a slugger on a one-year, $14.3 million contract. The Twins hold a $12 million club option for 2020 as well.