Although Hank Aaron dethroned Babe Ruth as the all-time home run leader in 1974, no player managed to replicate one of Ruth’s more obscure achievements until Tuesday — 97 years later.
Los Angeles Angles pitcher Shohei Ohtani on Sunday became the first player since Ruth to follow up a win as a starting pitcher by starting a game as a position player, and hitting a homer.
Ohtani, who allowed three hits through six innings in the Angels’ win Sunday, hit a three-run home run Tuesday to give Los Angeles a 6-2 lead over the Cleveland Indians after the first inning.
The 23-year-old’s three-run shot wasn’t a flash in the pan, either, as the Angels will utilize him for both his abilities on the mound and in the batter’s box. Los Angeles said, in addition to his duties as a starting pitcher, Ohtani will serve as designated hitter.
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