Ohtani serves up 6 runs

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Shohei Ohtani pauses after allowing a home run in the first inning on Friday.

The Associated PressTEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Los Angeles Angels rookie Shohei Ohtani allowed six runs while pitching three innings in an exhibition game against the Mexican League’s Tijuana Toros on Friday.

The 23-year-old Ohtani struck out six and walked one.

Ohtani spent five seasons with the Nippon Ham Fighters before signing with the Angels as an international free agent on Dec. 10. He is trying to become the first player in nearly 100 years to play regularly as a pitcher and hitter, but he has had mixed results so far this spring.

Elsewhere, Los Angeles Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen was held out of what was supposed to be his first big league spring game this year because of an injured right hamstring, but the Dodgers beat the Royals 6-4.

“When he was getting ready today, his pregame stuff and kind of getting his legs loose, it tightened up on him,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “We had the trainers look at him and it just made sense to just not throw him out there.”

Roberts said he expects Jansen will pitch in a minor league game on Monday, then hopefully work in his first big league spring game next Thursday against the Royals.

Kenta Maeda allowed one run and three hits in three innings for the Dodgers.


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