Red Sox Chase Ohtani after Just 2 Innings

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Los Angeles Angels pitcher Shohei Ohtani left his start on Thursday due to a blister on his right pitching hand.

Feb 13, 2017; Lee County, FL, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Rick Porcello (left) and Boston Red Sox starting pitcher David Price (24) walk to the practice field during reporting day for pitchers and catchers at JetBlue Park.

"That's as good a game as you could ever see pitched", Angels manager Mike Scioscia told reporters after the game.

"He didn't say anything in warm-ups about it". He'll just have to settle for turning in arguably the most impressive pitching performance to date this year, and an incredibly efficient one - even with the 12 punchouts, he needed just 91 pitches to do it. Ohtani is now 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA, 0.46 WHIP and 18/2 K/BB ratio through two starts.

The rookie right-hander thought it had healed enough for him to pitch effectively when he took the mound again Tuesday night in front of a sellout crowd eager to see Ohtani's next incredible feat. The Angels don't follow National League rules by having their pitcher hit.

Ohtani acknowledged that the blister hampered his ability to locate his pitches against Boston's potent lineup.

What a difference a few weeks makes, too, because I feel like before this season started, many people would have said they'd rather have Stanton.

The Angels have won four of their last five home games and are 14-3 in their last 17 games overall.

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Ohtani's fastball still hit 99 miles per hour during his first career night start, but the evening began poorly when Betts cracked his 12th career leadoff homer.

"My splitter, I didn't have good command of that".

By the time he was replaced after the second inning, the 23-year-old had given up four hits as Boston moved into a 3-0 lead. "Same with my slider", Ohtani said. Sixty-two percent of his off-speed pitches were noncompetitive pitches, which means they were more than 18 inches from the center of the strike zone.

Blisters prevented him from pitching between July 24 and September 7 but not hitting.

"I'm glad it was taken care of in a safe way, where Joe Kelly hit him was perfectly fine", said Martinez. "Maybe he bounces one split-finger [fastball], and the next pitch he throws it filthy".

The Red Sox are one team that may pose a problem for Ohtani.

As a hitter, Ohtani is batting.367 with 3 home runs and 11 RBI on the season.

Obviously, this is the first time Ohtani has looked anything less than super-human during his first month in the majors.