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MLB: Ohtani blasts 3-run homer in Angels' win over Tigers

Los Angeles Angels' Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, watches his three-run home run during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Detroit Tigers on Aug. 7, 2018, in Anaheim, California. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

ANAHEIM, California (Kyodo) -- Shohei Ohtani blasted a three-run home run in the first inning on Tuesday in the Los Angeles Angels' 11-5 win over the Detroit Tigers.

Ohtani, batting third as the Angels' designated hitter, took the plate at Angel Stadium after back-to-back singles by Kole Calhoun and Justin Upton. The Japanese two-way star took a 2-0 fastball from Jacob Turner (0-1) into the left-field seats for his 12th home run of the season.

The homer made it a 3-2 game. Turner faced 11 batters and needed 37 pitches to close out the Angels' seven-run first.

The shot was Ohtani's first home run since last Friday, when he went a career-best 4-for-5 with two home runs and three RBIs in a 7-4 win over the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field.

In the sixth, Ohtani drew a walk after Upton crushed a two-run homer to extend the Angels' lead to 9-5. The Japanese rookie came home on Andrelton Simmons' sacrifice fly to cap the three-run inning.

Ohtani singled in the second inning but struck out twice.

Angels starter Andrew Heaney (7-7) gave up five runs on eight hits and two walks over five innings. He fanned six, but yielded two runs in the first inning and an RBI double in the second.

The left-hander was replaced after the fifth, when he allowed a two-run homer to cleanup hitter Jeimer Candelario.

Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia said before the game that Ohtani is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Saturday in order to get the 24-year-old used to throwing off the mound again.

Ohtani has not pitched since June 6 due to a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his right pitching elbow. He is 4-1 with a 3.10 ERA in nine starts this season.

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