Shohei Ohtani Lobbying Angels For More Playing Time

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Shohei Ohtani Lobbying Angels For More Playing Time

On Thursday he continued his streak by helping his team beat the Kansas City Royals. This AL matchup will begin at 8:15 p.m. ET and Fox Sports Kansas City will televise the game. Gamblers can wager on the game's total with odds sitting at -125 for over nine runs and +105 for under nine.

The Angels top the majors with 98 runs.

The Royals are not playing almost as well and sit in last place in the AL Central at 3-8. The Angels had the second-best record in the American League at 11-3. The over has hit in seven of those games, compared to three that've gone under in such games. The over has hit in one of those games, as opposed to three that've cashed the under.

Andrew Heaney is getting his first start of 2018 tonight.

"It's an out-of-division series and you have to try to get them in", Royals manager Ned Yost said. Inherited runners-scored: Alvarez 1-0, Parker 2-0, Wood 1-0, Flynn 2-0.

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Holds: Parker (1), Wood (3). After retiring the final eight batters in his first start, he retired the first 19 in the next — that's 27 consecutive outs, equal to a nine-inning ideal game. Lucas Duda responded by getting the hit that would lead to the only run for the Royals when he singled in the bottom of the inning, but it was not enough to stop the Angels from claiming their fifth straight win.

"We're hitting well", said Albert Pujols, who homered and drove in three runs in the Friday victory. He hit eight in all of 2017. Across 84 such plate appearances, he slashed.241/.274/.405 (his total season line was.271/.313/.519).

This will be his third start of the year and he has yet to allow a run. The bullpen has an outstanding ERA of just 2.48, along with a WHIP of 1.29.

Pirates 6, Cubs 1: This one started out as a pitcher's duel, but a four-run seventh fueled by a solo homer from Gregory Polanco - his second bomb of the day - and a three-run shot from Francisco Cervelli blew this one wide open. He gave up four runs on seven hits, three of them home runs, while walking one and striking out seven.

5-0 in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of less than.400. The Royals have hit three over their last 10. He batted second in the first 10 games of the season. No other Royal has more than five at-bats against Richards.

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