Baseball: Ohtani makes most of his Japan WBC debut


After waiting six years to play in the World Baseball Classic, Shohei Ohtani had a debut worthy of MLB pitching and batting prowess Thursday.

The Los Angeles Angels star, who missed the 2017 classic due to an ankle injury, worked four scoreless innings, struck out five and allowed a hit while blasting a big two-run double among his two hits and walking twice in Japan’s 8-1 rout of China in their Pool B opener.

“I imagine that this was the most difficult day for him,” said Japan manager Hideki Kuriyama, who was Ohtani’s only pro manager for his five seasons in Japan.

“He traveled so far to get ...

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