Ohtani struggles in first pitching start with Angels

Ohtani struggles in first pitching start with Angels
Los Angeles Angels' Shohei Ohtani works against the Milwaukee Brewers during the first inning of a spring training baseball game on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Star two-way player Shohei Ohtani struggled in his spring pitching debut with the Los Angeles Angels, allowing a home run and lasting a few batters less than scheduled.

The Japanese phenom didn't bat Saturday against Milwaukee.

Ohtani allowed two runs, one earned, and two hits in 1 1-3 innings. Keon Broxton tagged him for a home run leading off the second inning.

The right-hander struck out two and walked one. He threw 31 pitches, 17 strikes. He had been scheduled to go two innings.

The 23-year-old Ohtani spent five seasons with the Nippon Ham Fighters before signing with the Angels as an international free agent on Dec. 10.

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