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Angels’ Shohei Ohtani a recent AL Player of the Week





Shohei Ohtani pitching plateward 2018 photo By hj_west from USA, CC BY-SA 2.0, https


Los Angeles Angels designated hitter/pitcher Shohei Ohtani has been named the American League Player of the Week presented by W.B. Mason for the period ending September 9th.

Other noteworthy performances last week included Trout (.563, 9 H, 2 HR, 5 RBI); All-Star third baseman Alex Bregman (.476, 6 2B, 3 HR, 9 RBI) of the Houston Astros; All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor (.303, 7 R, 5 HR, 7 RBI) of the Cleveland Indians; starting pitcher Yonny Chirinos (2-0, 2.70 ERA, 13.1 IP, 11 SO) and outfielder Kevin Kiermaier (.545, 8 R, 6 XBH, 6 RBI) of the surging Tampa Bay Rays; third baseman Adrián Beltré (.409, 5 R, 4 HR, 7 RBI) of the Texas Rangers; shortstop Xander Bogaerts (.500, 10 H, 4 XBH, 7 RBI) of the Boston Red Sox; and starter Jorge López of the Kansas City Royals, who took a perfect game into the ninth inning at Minnesota on Saturday night.

In recognition of his American League Player of the Week Award, Shohei Ohtani will be awarded a watch courtesy of Rockwell.

Ohtani batted .474 (9-for-19) with eight runs scored, a double, a triple, four home runs, 10 RBI and two stolen bases across five games played to earn his second AL Player of the Week Award of his first Major League season (also April 8th). Among qualified AL leaders, Shohei finished the week first in RBI and slugging percentage (1.263); tied for first in runs scored; tied for second in triples, home runs and extra-base hits (6); tied for third in stolen bases; fourth in total bases (24); and fifth in batting average and on-base percentage (.565).

Shortly after receiving word that Tommy John surgery was recommended, the two-way star batted a perfect 4-for-4 with four runs scored, a stolen base and his second career multi-homer game on Wednesday (also August 3rd). Ohtani became just the second player in franchise history to tally four hits, four runs scored, one stolen base and a pair of home runs in a single contest, joining Leroy Stanton, who accomplished the feat on July 10, 1973. In addition, the Japanese native is the only player in the Majors this season to post multiple games with two round-trippers and a stolen base. On Friday night against the Chicago White Sox, Ohtani clubbed his 19th home run of the season, passing Kenji Johjima (2006) for the most home runs by Japanese native in their rookie season in MLB history. Following the performance, the 24-year-old homered in his third consecutive game and became the fifth Angels rookie ever to log four-or-more homers in a three-game span, joining Tim Salmon, J.T. Snow, Wally Joyner and Lee Thomas. Additionally, the outing marked the third straight game in which Ohtani logged three RBI and one walk, becoming the second player in team history to accomplish the feat (also Dave Hollins). During his historic campaign, the AL Rookie of the Year candidate is the first player in MLB history to club at least 15 home runs while notching 50 or more strikeouts on the mound in the same season.


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MLB announces initial roster of players for 2018 Japan Series



Acuna, Hoskins, Merrifield, Molina, Santana, Suarez, Taylor and Yelich slated to represent MLB in Japan; Mattingly to manage squad


TOKYO – Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) jointly announced recently the first wave of players who are expected to represent the MLB team in the 2018 Japan All-Star Series with Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB). The event will feature seven games (including one exhibition) across Japan from November 8th-15th.

Other members of MLB’s roster will be announced in the coming weeks. The MLB team will be led by Don Mattingly, who has managed the Miami Marlins since 2016. From 2011-2015, Mattingly helmed the Los Angeles Dodgers, who earned three consecutive National League West titles in the final three years of his tenure with the Club. In his 14-year playing career with the New York Yankees, “Donnie Baseball” was a six-time All-Star first baseman, the 1985 American League Most Valuable Player, a nine-time Gold Glover and the captain of the team.

November’s All-Star Series will resume a longtime baseball tradition that dates back to 1908, marking the 37th time overall that Major Leaguers have toured Japan for exhibition games. The All-Star Series will be played in Tokyo (Tokyo Dome), Hiroshima (Mazda Zoom Zoom Stadium) and Nagoya (Nagoya Dome). The events will begin with an exhibition game against the Yomiuri Giants in Tokyo on November 8th, followed by three games in Tokyo from November 9th-11th, one game in Hiroshima on November 13th and two games in Nagoya on November 14th-15th. MLB Network will provide extensive coverage of the 2018 All-Star Series, including live telecasts of the games from November 9th-15th.

The MLB squad includes a trio of 2018 All-Stars: catcher Yadier Molina of the St. Louis Cardinals, third baseman Eugenio Suárez of the Cincinnati Reds and outfielder Christian Yelich of the Milwaukee Brewers; standout rookie outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. of the Atlanta Braves; Philadelphia Phillies teammates Rhys Hoskins and Carlos Santana; Kansas City Royals second baseman Whit Merrifield; and Los Angeles Dodgers infielder/outfielder Chris Taylor, who shared Most Valuable Player honors in the 2017 National League Championship Series.

• Yadier Molina, 36, was selected to his ninth NL All-Star team in 2018, all of which have come in the last 10 years. The eight-time Gold Glove backstop has helped lift the Cardinals to four World Series during his 15-year Major League career, including their World Championship seasons of 2006 and 2011. Molina has been a force for Team Puerto Rico in all four editions of the World Baseball Classic.

• Eugenio Suárez is in the midst of the finest season of his five-year Major League career, already with career highs in home runs, RBI, batting average, slugging and on-base percentage. The Venezuela native recently recorded his 100th RBI of the season. The 27-year-old made his first career All-Star Game this season.

• In his first year with the Brewers, Christian Yelich became an All-Star for the first time in his six-year Major League career and has been central to Milwaukee’s bid to reach the 2018 Postseason. A highlight of the season for the well-rounded 26-year-old standout was in an August 29th win at Cincinnati, when he went 6-for-6, became the eighth Brewer ever to hit for the cycle and threw a runner out at home plate. Yelich played for victorious Team USA in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

• Twenty-year-old phenom Ronald Acuña Jr. has 25 home runs this season, including a Braves record eight leadoff homers, which is one shy of the MLB rookie record of nine (Chris Young for Arizona in 2007). The Venezuela native finished August with 39 hits, becoming the first NL rookie over the last 110 seasons to collect at least 39 hits and 11 home runs in a calendar month. In August, Acuña Jr. became the youngest player ever to homer in five straight games, tying a club record.

• In his second year with Philadelphia, Rhys Hoskins leads the Phillies in home runs, RBI, doubles and slugging this season. The Sacramento native has 48 career home runs in just 183 Major League games. Hoskins competed in the 2018 T-Mobile Home Run Derby during All-Star Week in Washington, DC.

• Whit Merrifield, 29, is in his third season as a member of the Royals. He currently ranks among the American League’s leaders in batting average, hits, stolen bases, doubles and triples. In 2017, he led the AL with 34 steals. In 2010, Merrifield stroked the walk-off hit of the 2010 NCAA Men’s College World Series for the University of South Carolina.

• Carlos Santana is in his first season as a member of the Phillies and his ninth season in the Majors, following eight years with the Cleveland Indians. The first baseman leads Philadelphia with 95 walks. The selective slugger from the Dominican Republic helped the Indians reach the 2016 World Series, when he set career highs with 34 home runs and 87 RBI.

• In his third season as a Dodger, the versatile Chris Taylor currently leads the team in doubles and triples and ranks second in runs scored. In 2017, Taylor was a part of the Club’s first NL pennant in 29 years, batting .288 with 21 home runs, 72 RBI and 17 stolen bases. The University of Virginia product was co-MVP of the 2017 NLCS with teammate Justin Turner and led off Game One of the 2017 World Series with a home run against Houston’s Dallas Keuchel.




Game Date / Time (JST) Home Team Score Away Team Duration Location Ref
1 November 7 Japan Samurai Japan Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei Fukuoka Dome
2 November 8 MLB All-Stars United StatesCanada Japan Yomiuri Giants Tokyo Dome



Game Date / Time (JST) Home Team Score Away Team Duration Location Ref
1 November 9 Samurai Japan Japan United StatesCanada MLB All-Stars Tokyo Dome
2 November 10 MLB All-Stars United StatesCanada Japan Samurai Japan Tokyo Dome
3 November 11 Samurai Japan Japan United StatesCanada MLB All-Stars Tokyo Dome
4 November 13 MLB All-Stars United StatesCanada Japan Samurai Japan Mazda Zoom-Zoom Stadium Hiroshima
5 November 14 Samurai Japan Japan United StatesCanada MLB All-Stars Nagoya Dome
6 November 15 Samurai Japan Japan United StatesCanada MLB All-Stars Nagoya Dome


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1ST & GOAL: Eastmoor Academy rolls Marion-Franklin Friday night



A complete surprise to all of us that witnessed the game, fans, media and broadcasters. Eastmoor Academy walked all over Marion-Franklin Friday night. Never seen a Red Devil team play so sloppy and undisciplined. Our Mega Pawn Shop Player of the Game was Warriors RB Savon Edwards Jr. who rushed for 187 yards and 3 touchdowns. The Warriors are truly the team to beat in the City South Division!

Columbus City League Football South Division Week 6, September 28, 2018

Africentric is at surprising Columbus South


Walnut Ridge tries to get back on track at Briggs


On 1ST & GOAL TONIGHT, Marion-Franklin invades Eastmoor Academy


Independence travels to Columbus West

Columbus City League Football Week 6, September 28, 2018

Beechcroft travels to Dayton, Ohio to play the Meadowdale Lions


Centennial visits improved East High Tigers


Linden-McKinley invades Mifflin


Northland plays at Whetstone

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