Ohtani becomes first Japan-born player to hit for cycle
Shohei Ohtani may not be pitching this year, but he is helping the Los Angeles Angels win in MLB.
The designated hitter is recovering from Tommy John surgery, but in a 5-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays he hit for the cycle to become the first Japan-born player to accomplish the feat.
He is also the first Angels player to hit for the cycle since Mike Trout in 2013.
But, just for good measure, on his home run, he happened to drive in three runs, which all but put the game out of reach for the Rays early.
The Angels have had their struggles this year, but they are 34-35 and not completely out of the playoff hunt in the American League. They sit 2.5 games back of the Texas Rangers for the second wildcard spot.
Shohei Ohtani is the first Japanese-born player to hit for the cycle in Major League history! pic.twitter.com/ex2qpduITw— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) June 14, 2019
Cruz crushes Mariners
Nelson Cruz went three for four with a home run and three RBIs in the Minnesota Twins' 10-5 win over the Seattle Mariners.
Toronto Blue Jays rookie Cavan Biggio went two for four with two home runs in a 12-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles.
San Diego Padres starter Matt Strahm gave up six earned runs in 3.1 innings of work in a 9-6 loss to the Colorado Rockies.
Swanson, Freeman magic
Atlanta Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson made an awesome play on a slow ground ball and Freddie Freeman's pick might have been just as good.
Defense on both sides of the diamond. pic.twitter.com/Z9SR9UzOrO— MLB (@MLB) June 13, 2019
Atlanta Braves 6-5 Pittsburgh Pirates
Minnesota Twins 10-5 Seattle Mariners
Toronto Blue Jays 12-3 Baltimore Orioles
Arizona Diamondbacks 5-0 Washington Nationals
Boston Red Sox 7-6 Texas Rangers
Los Angeles Angels 5-3 Tampa Bay Rays
Kansas City Royals 7-3 Detroit Tigers
Chicago White Sox 5-4 New York Yankees
Colorado Rockies 9-6 San Diego Padres
Los Angeles Dodgers 7-3 Chicago Cubs
Diamondbacks at Nationals
It is Robbie Ray (5-3, 3.54 ERA) against Max Scherzer (4-5, 2.83), two high strikeout guys who pitch with a lot of emotion. It should be a good one on Friday.