KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani can pitch at over 100 mph. He can hit over 100 mph, too.
“Did you see that?” Angels manager Joe Maddon marveled. “He’s an impressive athlete and he has lots of confidence right now.”
Ohtani is back to a two-way player this season after being limited to two pitching appearances last year in his return from Tommy John surgery, He reached 100 mph on nine pitches in his first start this season, topping at 101.1 mph with an offering to Adam Eaton of the Chicago White Sox on April 4.
His two-run double in the seventh off the Royals’ Scott Barlow gave Los Angeles a 6-3 lead. That 119 mph drive was fifth-hardest-hit ball since 2015, according to Statcast.
Ohtani added an RBI double against Jake Newberry in the ninth.
Mike Trout, following Ohtani in the batting order, hit his fourth home run of the season, a two-run drive in the ninth.
Alex Cobb (1-0) struck out 10, his high since he fanned 12 on July 29, 2014, for Tampa Bay against Milwaukee. Seven of his strikeouts came in splitters.
He allowed three runs, four hits and one walk in 5 2/3 innings.
“When things are rolling it takes you back to some of your prime days, but that’s what I’m working back to,” Cobb said. “I think my splitter has been a little better during spring but that’s the best it’s been in a game.”
Brady Singer (0-2) gave up four runs — one earned — and seven hits in five innings.
Kansas City hurt itself with three errors, including bad throws by center fielder Michael A. Taylor and by Singer.
Los Angeles took a 2-0 lead in the second following singles by Jared Walsh and Justin Upton. Taylor threw past third following Jose Rojas’ flyout, and then Singer made a bad throw past home as two runs scored.
Salvador Pérez had an RBI single in the sixth for his 1,000th hit and had the eighth four-hit game of his big league career, Jorge Soler’s two-run single cut Kansas City’s deficit to 4-3.
“Sal is special with how he goes about everything,” Royals manager Mike Matheny said. “He puts so much time and effort in for his pitching staff and it gets noticed.”
Angels: 3B Anthony Rendon was placed on the 10-day injured list (strained groin), retroactive to Sunday. and INF Jack Mayfield was recalled from the alternate training site. Angels Manager Joe Maddon said Rendon only out 10 days. In the seventh inning, C Max Stassi was removed due to left thumb irritation.
Royals: RHP Jesse Hahn was placed on the 10-day injured list (right shoulder) and Newberry was recalled from the alternate training site.
The Angels send righty Dylan Bundy (0-0, 3.75) to the mound to face LHP Danny Duffy (1-0, 0.00) on Tuesday night. Duffy threw six scoreless innings in a 3-0 win at Cleveland last Monday.
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