Baseball: Ohtani sharp on mound before Japan trip for WBC


Los Angeles Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani threw 2-1/3 scoreless innings against the Oakland Athletics in his lone spring training tuneup Tuesday before playing for Japan in the World Baseball Classic.

Ohtani did not allow a hit while striking out two and walking two in the Angels’ 11-5 win over the Athletics. Japanese compatriot Shintaro Fujinami made his spring debut for Oakland in the game in Mesa, Arizona, pitching two scoreless innings.

Both men were first-round picks in the 2012 Nippon Professional Baseball draft, with Ohtani acquired by the Nippon Ham Fighters and Fujinami by the Han...

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