Ohtani goes 0 for 4 in season debut, Angels beat Tigers 5-2

DETROIT (AP) Shohei Ohtani looked so eager to make an impact in his highly anticipated season debut that he swung so hard his helmet flew off his head more than once.

He finished 0 for 4 with an RBI groundout and walked once as the Los Angeles Angels beat the Detroit Tigers 5-2 Tuesday night.

''I was happy to get this out of the way,'' Ohtani said through a translator.

The Angels activated the AL Rookie of the Year from the injured list and it appeared simulated games didn't quite prepare him for the moment. Ohtani took a called third strike in his first at-bat, grounded out to help Los Angeles take a 3-0 lead in the third, struck out on a breaking pitch, lined out to third and drew a base on balls.

''Baseball is certainly not the type of sports that you focus on one night,'' Angels manager Brad Ausmus said. ''We're looking at using him as a DH for the vast majority of the next 4 1/2 months. I'm not overly concerned about the immediate results, but just the long-term results.''

The 24-year-old two-way player isn't expected to pitch this year as he recovers from the Tommy John surgery he had in October. But the Angels, who are under .500, are hoping he can provide a boost at the plate.

''He injects some offense, for sure,'' Ausmus said. ''He's got big power.''

Ohtani hit .285 with 22 homers and 61 RBIs in 367 plate appearances last year. He became the first player since Babe Ruth with at least 10 homers and four pitching wins in the same season. As a DH, Ohtani became the first player with 15 homers as a batter and 50 strikeouts as a pitcher in the same season.

He was 4-2 with a 3.31 ERA and 63 strikeouts over 51 2/3 innings in 10 starts, limited by a torn right elbow ligament that required surgery. Ohtani has said he has ''no regrets'' about last year when he hit for the Angels until season's end and delaying reconstructive surgery and his ability to pitch again until 2020.

Griffin Canning (1-0) earned the win in his second career start, giving up two runs and four hits over 5 1/3 innings while striking out seven.

''I definitely have the advantage, these guys haven't faced me ever,'' he said. ''The last two teams I faced, I never faced their minor league teams.''

Luke Bard and Ty Buttrey combined for 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief and Hansel Robles pitched the ninth for his third save in as many chances.

Daniel Norris (1-1) allowed three runs, five hits and two walks over five innings.

''I was pretty happy with my stuff, but I got us into a hole in the third inning and I can't do that,'' he said.

Eduard Jimenez, who pitched a scoreless inning in his major league debut, was one of five relievers who combined to give up two runs.

The Tigers failed to generate much offense, scoring just two runs in the sixth inning on Nicholas Castellanos' triple and Miguel Cabrera's single.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Angels: RHP Cody Allen (lumbar spine strain) and IF Zack Cozart (neck strain) were activated from the injured list before the series opener.

Tigers: OF Christin Stewart (right quad strain) was evaluated in Detroit and is expected to be activated this weekend at Minnesota. ... RHP Jordan Zimmermann (sprained elbow) played catch for a second consecutive day as part of a throwing program.

IN RELIEF

Detroit manager Ron Gardenhire left the dugout early in the game, leaving bench coach Steve Liddle to lead the team.

''Gardy had an allergic reaction to something he ate or drank and the doctors wanted to make sure he was OK,'' Liddle said. ''He didn't have trouble breathing or anything like that, but he broke out into hives and was swelling up a little. That can be serious, so they took him upstairs. He's fine now.''

HE SAID IT

Ausmus was booed in his return to Detroit, where he had two winning and two losing seasons before the franchise let him go following the 2017 season.

What went wrong?

''You can just keep blaming me,'' Ausmus said. ''It makes it easier.''

UP NEXT

Angels: LHP Tyler Skaggs (3-2, 3.12) has won two starts, giving up a total of two runs, since returning from a sprained left ankle.

Tigers: LHP Matthew Boyd (3-2, 3.05) has made six straight quality starts and ranks among AL leaders with 57 strikeouts.

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  • W: G. Canning (1-0)L: D. Norris (1-1)S: H. Robles (3)
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J. Lucroy C30100100.267.321.406.7272.0
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    N. Goodrum LF40100022.225.333.392.7250.0
    R. Rodriguez 1B40000012.306.352.6531.005-0.5
    H. Castro 2B40000031.167.231.167.397-1.5
    J. Mercer SS30000000.206.275.317.5930.0
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      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Trout (7), B. Goodwin (6)
      • SF - K. Calhoun
      • RBI - D. Fletcher (12), S. Ohtani, A. Simmons 2 (19), K. Calhoun (20)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Simmons 2 (7)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Simmons 3 (3), A. Pujols 3 (3), K. Calhoun, Z. Cozart 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Jones (3)
      • 3B - N. Castellanos (2)
      • RBI - N. Castellanos (10), M. Cabrera (14)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - N. Castellanos, N. Goodrum, R. Rodriguez, H. Castro
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - M. Trout (5)
      • CS - B. Goodwin
      FIELDING
      • E - A. Simmons (2)
      FIELDING
      • E - J. Mercer (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      G. Canning (W, 1-0)5.14221704.661.0318.5
      L. Bard (H, 1)1.20000202.350.984.0
      T. Buttrey (H, 7)1.00000101.001.063.5
      H. Robles (S, 3)1.01000104.241.129.5
      PITCHERSIP
      G. Canning (W, 1-0)5.1
      L. Bard (H, 1)1.2
      T. Buttrey (H, 7)1.0
      H. Robles (S, 3)1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Norris (L, 1-1)5.05332203.811.481.0
      Z. Reininger1.021100014.402.800.0
      E. Jimenez1.01000100.001.002.5
      V. Alcantara1.00001103.771.402.5
      J. Fernandez0.201120017.183.00-3.0
      B. Farmer0.11000003.461.23-1.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - G. Canning (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - G. Canning 86-54, L. Bard 26-16, T. Buttrey 11-8, H. Robles 14-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Canning 3-6, T. Buttrey 1-1, H. Robles 1-1
      • Batters Faced - G. Canning 21, L. Bard 5, T. Buttrey 3, H. Robles 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Norris 90-55, Z. Reininger 17-10, E. Jimenez 14-8, V. Alcantara 19-10, J. Fernandez 18-8, B. Farmer 7-5
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Norris 6-7, Z. Reininger 1-2, V. Alcantara 1-1, J. Fernandez 1-1, B. Farmer 1-0
      • Batters Faced - D. Norris 22, Z. Reininger 5, E. Jimenez 4, V. Alcantara 4, J. Fernandez 4, B. Farmer 2
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      S. Ohtani DH40010124.000.200.000.2001.0
      A. Simmons SS50220003.289.308.430.7384.0
      A. Pujols 1B50000003.214.295.402.6960.0
      B. Goodwin LF41100010.320.400.520.9201.5
      J. Lucroy C30100100.267.321.406.7272.0
      K. Calhoun RF21110101.220.307.472.7794.0
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        J. Candelario 3B40000012.220.328.314.642-0.5
        N. Castellanos RF41110011.277.336.445.7814.5
        M. Cabrera DH40210010.304.367.376.7432.5
        N. Goodrum LF40100022.225.333.392.7250.0
        R. Rodriguez 1B40000012.306.352.6531.005-0.5
        H. Castro 2B40000031.167.231.167.397-1.5
        J. Mercer SS30000000.206.275.317.5930.0
        G. Greiner C20000110.195.250.329.5790.5
        J. Jones CF31100011.156.229.250.4792.5
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          BATTING
          • 2B - M. Trout (7), B. Goodwin (6)
          • SF - K. Calhoun
          • RBI - D. Fletcher (12), S. Ohtani, A. Simmons 2 (19), K. Calhoun (20)
          • 2-Out RBI - A. Simmons 2 (7)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Simmons 3 (3), A. Pujols 3 (3), K. Calhoun, Z. Cozart 2 (2)
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Jones (3)
          • 3B - N. Castellanos (2)
          • RBI - N. Castellanos (10), M. Cabrera (14)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - N. Castellanos, N. Goodrum, R. Rodriguez, H. Castro
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - M. Trout (5)
          • CS - B. Goodwin
          FIELDING
          • E - A. Simmons (2)
          FIELDING
          • E - J. Mercer (2)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          G. Canning (W, 1-0)5.14221704.661.0318.5
          L. Bard (H, 1)1.20000202.350.984.0
          T. Buttrey (H, 7)1.00000101.001.063.5
          H. Robles (S, 3)1.01000104.241.129.5
          Total9.05221110---
          PITCHERSIP
          G. Canning (W, 1-0)5.1
          L. Bard (H, 1)1.2
          T. Buttrey (H, 7)1.0
          H. Robles (S, 3)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          D. Norris (L, 1-1)5.05332203.811.481.0
          Z. Reininger1.021100014.402.800.0
          E. Jimenez1.01000100.001.002.5
          V. Alcantara1.00001103.771.402.5
          J. Fernandez0.201120017.183.00-3.0
          B. Farmer0.11000003.461.23-1.0
          Total9.0955540---
          PITCHERSIP
          D. Norris (L, 1-1)5.0
          Z. Reininger1.0
          E. Jimenez1.0
          V. Alcantara1.0
          J. Fernandez0.2
          B. Farmer0.1
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - G. Canning (2)
          • Pitches-Strikes - G. Canning 86-54, L. Bard 26-16, T. Buttrey 11-8, H. Robles 14-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Canning 3-6, T. Buttrey 1-1, H. Robles 1-1
          • Batters Faced - G. Canning 21, L. Bard 5, T. Buttrey 3, H. Robles 4
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - D. Norris 90-55, Z. Reininger 17-10, E. Jimenez 14-8, V. Alcantara 19-10, J. Fernandez 18-8, B. Farmer 7-5
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Norris 6-7, Z. Reininger 1-2, V. Alcantara 1-1, J. Fernandez 1-1, B. Farmer 1-0
          • Batters Faced - D. Norris 22, Z. Reininger 5, E. Jimenez 4, V. Alcantara 4, J. Fernandez 4, B. Farmer 2
          • 9TH INNING
            Simmons singled to left, Trout scored, Ohtani to second52
          • 6TH INNING
            Cabrera singled to center, Castellanos scored42
            Castellanos tripled to deep right center, Jones scored41
            Calhoun hit sacrifice fly to left, Goodwin scored40
          • 3RD INNING
            Simmons singled to left, Fletcher scored30
            Ohtani grounded out to shortstop, Cozart scored, Fletcher to third20
            Fletcher singled to left, Calhoun scored, Cozart to second10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Jose Fernandez relieved Victor Alcantara
            • Z. Cozart: Ball, Cozart lined out to center
            • D. Fletcher: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Fletcher grounded out to first
            • M. Trout: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Trout walked
            • S. Ohtani: Ball, Strike looking, Trout stole second, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ohtani walked
            • Buck Farmer relieved Jose Fernandez
            • A. Simmons: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Simmons singled to left, Trout scored, Ohtani to second
            • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Pujols grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Hansel Robles relieved Ty Buttrey
            • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Cabrera grounded out to second
            • N. Goodrum: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Goodrum singled to left
            • R. Rodriguez: Ball, Foul, Rodriguez lined out to right
            • H. Castro: Foul, Ball, Ball, Goodrum to second on fielder's indifference, Foul, Strike looking, Castro struck out looking
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Victor Alcantara relieved Eduardo Jimenez
            • A. Pujols: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Pujols flied out to left
            • B. Goodwin: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Goodwin struck out swinging
            • J. Lucroy: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Lucroy walked
            • K. Calhoun: Ball, Ball, Calhoun grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Ty Buttrey relieved Luke Bard
            • J. Jones: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Jones struck out swinging
            • J. Candelario: Ball, Candelario grounded out to second
            • N. Castellanos: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Castellanos lined out to center
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Eduardo Jimenez relieved Zac Reininger
            • D. Fletcher: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Fletcher struck out looking
            • M. Trout: Ball, Trout doubled to deep left
            • S. Ohtani: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ohtani lined out to third
            • A. Simmons: Ball, Simmons popped out to third
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • L. Bard Pitching:
            • H. Castro: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
            • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Mercer flied out to deep left
            • G. Greiner: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Greiner lined out to center
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • Zac Reininger relieved Daniel Norris
            • A. Pujols: Ball, Pujols flied out to center
            • B. Goodwin: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Goodwin doubled to deep left
            • J. Lucroy: Ball, Strike looking, Lucroy singled to right, Goodwin to third
            • K. Calhoun: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Calhoun hit sacrifice fly to left, Goodwin scored
            • Z. Cozart: Strike looking, Ball, Cozart grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • G. Canning Pitching:
            • J. Jones: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Jones doubled to deep left
            • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Ball, Candelario popped out to shortstop
            • N. Castellanos: Strike swinging, Ball, Castellanos tripled to deep right center, Jones scored
            • M. Cabrera: Strike swinging, Ball, Cabrera singled to center, Castellanos scored
            • Luke Bard relieved Griffin Canning
            • N. Goodrum: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Goodrum struck out swinging
            • R. Rodriguez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Rodriguez popped out to shortstop
            • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • D. Norris Pitching:
            • D. Fletcher: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Fletcher singled to left
            • M. Trout: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Trout flied out to deep right
            • S. Ohtani: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ohtani struck out swinging
            • A. Simmons: Ball, Ball, Foul, Simmons flied out to right
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • G. Canning Pitching:
            • H. Castro: Ball, Strike looking, Castro flied out to center
            • J. Mercer: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Mercer popped out to second
            • G. Greiner: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Greiner struck out looking
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • D. Norris Pitching:
            • B. Goodwin: Ball, Strike looking, Goodwin grounded out to first
            • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Lucroy grounded out to third
            • K. Calhoun: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Calhoun walked
            • Z. Cozart: Cozart popped out to second
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • G. Canning Pitching:
            • M. Cabrera: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul tip, Cabrera struck out on foul tip
            • N. Goodrum: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Goodrum grounded out to pitcher
            • R. Rodriguez: Strike looking, Rodriguez grounded out to first
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • D. Norris Pitching:
            • K. Calhoun: Ball, Ball, Calhoun singled to center
            • Z. Cozart: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Cozart singled to right, Calhoun to second
            • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Ball, Fletcher singled to left, Calhoun scored, Cozart to second
            • M. Trout: Trout grounded out to first, Cozart to third, Fletcher to second
            • S. Ohtani: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ohtani grounded out to shortstop, Cozart scored, Fletcher to third
            • A. Simmons: Ball, Ball, Foul, Simmons singled to left, Fletcher scored
            • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Pujols flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 3rd (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • G. Canning Pitching:
            • G. Greiner: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Greiner walked
            • J. Jones: Strike looking, Jones flied out to center
            • J. Candelario: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Candelario struck out looking
            • N. Castellanos: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Castellanos struck out swinging
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • D. Norris Pitching:
            • A. Pujols: Pujols grounded out to shortstop
            • B. Goodwin: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Goodwin safe at first on shortstop Mercer fielding error
            • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Goodwin picked off at second, pitcher to first to shortstop, Ball, Ball, Lucroy flied out to left
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
            • G. Canning Pitching:
            • R. Rodriguez: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Rodriguez struck out swinging
            • H. Castro: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
            • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Ball, Mercer grounded out to third
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • D. Norris Pitching:
            • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Fletcher flied out to right
            • M. Trout: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Trout walked
            • S. Ohtani: Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ohtani struck out looking
            • A. Simmons: Foul, Simmons popped out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • G. Canning Pitching:
            • J. Candelario: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Candelario flied out to center
            • N. Castellanos: Castellanos flied out to deep right
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Cabrera reached on an infield single to shortstop, Cabrera to second on shortstop Simmons throwing error
            • N. Goodrum: Strike looking, Ball, Cabrera to third on wild pitch, Foul, Strike swinging, Goodrum struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)