The Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani’s third major league start will be pushed back to Tuesday as the Los Angeles Angels game Sunday at the Kansas City Royals was postponed because of cold temperatures.
After a day off Monday, the Japanese star will pitch Tuesday against the Boston Red Sox when the Angels will open a six-game homestand in Anaheim.
It was minus-0.5 C with a 29 kph wind, making it feel like minus-6 C on Sunday.
“Just the simple fact that I was going to be pitching in cold weather, that was a little worrisome for me,” Ohtani said through an interpreter.
“Also, I was worried my fingertips might lose the feel for the ball. That was one of the things I was worried about.”
The game will be made up on June 25 in Kansas City.
“The Royals, Major League Baseball, talked to both parties just to kind of get an understanding of everything that was happening and where we were, and I think they made the right decision, just functionality, in every respect.” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.
“I saw snow flurries out there again ... We’ve all played in cold weather. But at some point it crosses a line and I think today definitely crossed a line.”
Ohtani said he has had games postponed in Japan.
“This is not the first time this has happened,” Ohtani said. “I’m kind of used to it. It is what it is, so, I just have to get ready for Tuesday.”
Instead of facing the Royals, who are hitting .231 and rank last in the American League with 39 runs in 13 games, Ohtani will face a potent Red Sox lineup, which entered Sunday leading the American League with a .349 on-base percentage and second with a .445 slugging percentage.
“I was preparing for the Royals lineup,” Ohtani said. “Since it got cancelled, I haven’t had time to look at the Red Sox lineup or the data yet. I’ll get on that after this. I know they have a great team. They’re off to a great start. It’s not going to be easy.”
Royals manager Ned Yost had spent the morning studying Ohtani on video.
“I sat and watched Ohtani all day, probably every pitch he’s thrown all year long,” Yost said.
“I think if you watch this kid he’s as talented as anybody you’ve seen in a long time. I think he’s just starting to get his feet on the ground now. What we’ve seen from this point is kind of the tip of the iceberg.
“When he gets really comfortable and understands the hype and everything that goes along with it, I think you’ll only see him get better and better.”
Colon perfect for 7 innings
HOUSTON (AP) — Age is only a number and Bartolo Colon is evidence of that.
The 44-year-old pitcher carried a perfect game into the eighth and Robinson Chirinos drove in all three runs for the Texas Rangers during their 3-1 victory over the Houston Astros in 10 innings Sunday night.
“I don’t ever think about what age I am or who is facing me,” Colon said through a translator. “I always try to do my job and I always feel happy doing my job and that’s what I think about.”
Colon turned back the clock and dominated the defending World Series champions for seven innings, retiring his first 21 batters in an entertaining duel with Astros ace Justin Verlander.
Of the first 17 batters Colon faced, he went to an 0-2 count on 10 and struck out six in that span.
“He was doing everything he wanted to with that baseball,” Chirinos said. “So it was fun to be behind the plate and receive those pitches.”
Colon walked Carlos Correa on a 3-1 pitch to start the eighth before Josh Reddick lined an 0-2 delivery down the right-field line for a double that put runners at second and third, spoiling the no-hit bid as well.
“He left a changeup up and I was looking over the plate and got enough of it to get it over the first baseman’s head,” Reddick said.
Opposing fans in Houston gave Colon a standing ovation, and he clapped his bare hand softly against the outside of his glove.
A fan favorite all around the majors, the beefy right-hander nicknamed “Big Sexy” is on his ninth team in his last 11 seasons.