Shohei Ohtani Hits 1st Career MLB Home Run in Home Debut vs. Indians

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistApril 4, 2018

Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, smiles during batting practice for the team's baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Tuesday, April 3, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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Shohei Ohtani dazzled fans at Angel Stadium on Tuesday with his first career home run in Major League Baseball.

In the bottom of the first inning, Ohtani launched a three-run homer off Cleveland Indians starter Josh Tomlin.

This was Ohtani's second start at designated hitter and his first at home. The Japanese sensation previously went 1-for-5 with a single in the season opener against the Oakland Athletics on March 29.

Ohtani's homer just cleared the fence in right field, which the Angels had lowered from 18 feet to eight feet during the offseason.

The bases were loaded when Ohtani's at-bat first started, but a wild pitch from Tomlin allowed Kole Calhoun to score from third.

Despite missing out on that extra RBI, the 23-year-old isn't likely to complain about the end result of his first plate appearance at home.

Early returns have been promising for Ohtani, who struck out six and allowed three earned runs over six innings in his first start against the A's on Sunday.

He's scheduled to take the mound again for his first home start on Sunday against Oakland.

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