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  • Shohei Ohtani Becomes First Japanese Player To Hit For The Cycle

    Angels' Ohtani first Japanese player to hit for cycle

    ST. PETERSBURG -- Shohei Ohtani became the first Japanese-born player to hit for the cycle, helping the Los Angeles Angels beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-3 after a delay caused by a power outage.

    Ohtani hit a three-run homer in the first inning and completed the feat with a single on a 3-2 pitch in the seventh. It was the Angels' sixth and final hit of the game.

    After a triple in his third at-bat, Ohtani's cycle quest became the focus of the game.

    Ohtani is the eighth Angels player to hit for the cycle and the first since Mike Trout on May 21, 2013.

    Ohtani's homer came on Ryan Yarbrough's 10th pitch of the game after a double by Tommy La Stella and a walk to Trout. It was Ohtani's eighth homer of the season and sixth in 11 games.

    He led off the third with a double and tripled in the fifth before Pujols' home run. A two-out single in the seventh completed the cycle in just four plate appearances, and fans at Tropicana Field gave him a standing ovation.
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