Shohei Ohtani Lobbying Angels For More Playing Time

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Kansas City has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the total has gone under in five of those seven.

The Royals have been the opposite of the Angels this season, falling to 3-8 overall and 1-5 at home following Thursday's loss. Los Angeles has covered the spread six times in its last seven games and the total has gone over in four of those seven.

"I was aiming to drive in more runs so I'm glad I did", Ohtani said.

Hammel will make his first home start of the season. The over has hit in seven of those games, compared to three that've gone under in such games.

Francisco Cervelli lined a three-run shot in the seventh off Justin Wilson as Pittsburgh scored four times in the inning to break open a tight game.

On Friday Andrew Heaney will make his first start of the season.

4-0 in their last 4 road games vs. a right-handed starter.

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Royals starter Jason Hammel will try to slow down the Angels' offense, which has outscored opponents 68-21 in their last seven victories.

Ohtani gave one of his bats to a 6-year-old boy, Leo Guastello, who boldly asked for it before the game when the two-way rookie star from Japan was signing autographs. The team's starting pitching staff has an ERA of 3.02, a WHIP of 1.13 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 7.0. He went 4-6 with a 4.94 ERA in 2017 at Kauffman Stadium. The team has slashed.271/.337/.382 over its last five matchups and is 1-4 SU during that span.

Leading the way for the Royals heading into this series was Mike Moustakas with 13 hits, seven runs and eight RBI. Across 84 such plate appearances, he slashed.241/.274/.405 (his total season line was.271/.313/.519). He has multiple walks in his first two starts but allowed one or zero walks in 18 of his 32 starts past year, including 11 after the All-Star break. Mike Trout also is being Mike Trout.

He did not hit a home run as the Angels' designated hitter on Wednesday, but he went one-for-three with a walk and recorded his eighth RBI of the season.

In his first start with the Angels, Ohtani threw six complete innings while giving up three earned runs and striking out six.

CLEVELAND - Francisco Lindor hit a leadoff homer and drove in three runs, helping Cleveland to its 11th consecutive victory against the Tigers.

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