Baseball: Senga wins MLB debut, Ohtani hits 1st homer of season


Japanese pitcher Kodai Senga threw 5-1/3 innings of one-run ball to win his major league debut with the New York Mets on Sunday, while Los Angeles Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani hit his first home run of the season.

Senga struck out eight Miami Marlins hitters, all with his trademark forkball, a pitch nicknamed the “ghost fork” that drops suddenly as it approaches the plate, in the Mets’ 5-1 victory at Miami’s loanDepot park.

The 30-year-old right-hander allowed the first four batters he faced to reach base on two hits and two walks. Senga then settled down, striking out the next two and ge...

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