Ohtani is AL starting pitcher, bats leadoff in All-Star Game

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Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani runs to the dugout after being forced out at second during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Sunday, July 11, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

DENVER (AP) – Shohei Ohtani will be the American League’s starting pitcher in Tuesday’s night’s All-Star Game and will bat leadoff, too, as the designated hitter.

It’s another landmark for the two-way Japanese sensation. A 27-year-old in his fourth major league season with the Los Angeles Angels, Ohtani is the first two-way starter in the history of the All-Star Game, which began in 1933.


This year’s game is at Coors Field in Denver. Ohtani has generated huge buzz across baseball for his exploits at the plate and on the mound.

He leads the majors with 33 home runs and is 4-1 with a 3.49 ERA in 13 starts.

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