Ohtani and Wang shine as new baseball seasons open 大谷翔平、王維中 美職韓職齊發光

Thu, Apr 12, 2018 - Page 15

As the US Major League Baseball’s new season opens, Japanese baseball superstar Shohei Ohtani has got off to a perfect start with a hit in his first at-bat for the Los Angeles Angels. Three days later, the “two-way” rookie earned his first win on the mound in his pitching debut.

Ohtani also hit his first home run in the following game, making him the first player to win as a starting pitcher, and then start and hit a home run as a non-pitcher in his next game since the legendary Babe Ruth in 1921.

Meanwhile, Taiwanese pitcher Wang Wei-chung, who plays for the NC Dinos of the Korean Baseball Organization (KBO) League, won his debut game at the start of the new season, becoming the first Taiwanese to win in an opening game. However, Taiwanese player Yang Dai-kang of the Nippon Professional Baseball’s Yomiuri Giants had a rough start. He was hit by a pitch last Tuesday, suffering a fracture in his left hand.

(CNA, translated by Eddy Chang)