Sho won’t go on: cold weather postpones Japan’s Ohtani

Freezing temperatures have put a brief pause on Shohei Ohtani's red-hot start to the season
AFP

Los Angeles (AFP) – Severe cold temperatures prompted the Kansas City Royals to postpone Sunday’s scheduled Major League Baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, who planned to have Japanese sensation Shohei Ohtani pitch.

The 23-year-old Asian ace has been a hit so far in trying to emulate legend Babe Ruth from a century ago and become the rare player to regularly serve as a starting pitcher and a batter.

While the Angels-Royals game will be made up on June 25, fans won’t have to wait that long to see Ohtani take the mound.

After a team day off Monday, Ohtani will pitch Tuesday in a home contest against the Boston Red Sox, Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.

That will be a showdown of the two top teams in the American League, with the Red Sox a major-league best 12-2 and the Angels topping the AL West division at 13-3.

As a pitcher, Ohtani is 2-0 with a 2.08 earned-run average and 18 strikeouts with only two walks in his first season since leaving Japan.

In eight games as a batter, Ohtani is batting .367 with 11 hits in 30 times at bat, including a double, triple and three home runs. He has scored five times and driven in 11 runs.

Six major league games were postponed on Sunday by weather, the most on any single day of the season since 2008.

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