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Shohei Ohtani hits an absolute bomb in first 2021 game as starting pitcher

The Angels two-way player made history with a home run in his first pitching start of 2021.

Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels at bat against the Chicago White Sox during the game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 02, 2021 in Anaheim, California. Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images

Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani made history on Sunday evening. The two-way player made his first start of 2021 and became the first AL starting pitcher to homer in an a game vs. another AL team since Roric Harrison did it for the Orioles at the Indians on the final day of the 1972 season, per Sarah Longs. As Longs noted, that was the last season without the designated hitter.

And whoooo boy it was an absolute bomb.

This was Ohtani’s second home run of the season, coming two days after a shot on Friday. Of course, this came in a game in which he was also the starting pitcher, so check out his filthy pitching skills while you’re at it. He had one walk and one strikeout in an otherwise clean first inning.

UPDATE: This is crazy.