Zack Cozart’s walk-off homer lifts Angels to victory, while Shohei Ohtani homers again

first_imgWhile Ohtani seems to shrug off his early success, Cozart and the rest of his teammates are reveling in it for him, because they heard and read the skeptical comments about him in March.“I’m just pumped because he was getting killed in spring training, even though it was spring training,” Cozart said. “It’s really impressive if you think about it. All the pressure is on him. And he’s just thrown that out of the way and he’s just playing ball. … It’s awesome for him to ignore the noise. He works hard. He’s a special talent. No doubt about it. We’re glad to have him.”Ohtani, who also singled, is now 6 for 14 with two homers and five RBIs in three games as the designated hitter. In between, he also picked up a victory as a pitcher, with a six-inning outing on Sunday.“I don’t have anything to say to those (critics),” Ohtani said through his interpreter. “I had bad results, so I guess they have the right to say bad stuff about me. We just got started. I’ll just take it day by day and try to help the team.”He certainly gave the Angels a lift in the fifth inning on Wednesday. Kluber had not even allowed a hit through four innings, holding a 2-0 lead before Andrelton Simmons broke up his no-hitter with a bunt single. “You can see the big power he has,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “Corey Kluber is a guy that does not give up a lot of home runs. He’s as tough as there is. He made him get the ball over the plate and Shohei got a hold of it.”The homer spared Tyler Skaggs from a loss on a day when he pieced together a strong outing despite a rocky start.Although four of the first five hitters of the game reached base, Skaggs allowed only one run in the first inning, with the help of an inning-ending double play.“I think I was going too quick,” Skaggs said. “My arm wasn’t catching up to my body. I realized it halfway through the first inning. It’s frustrating. I should realize it five or six pitches into the game, but I made the adjustment and I thought I pitched well from the first inning.Skaggs retired 11 of the next 12 hitters before allowing a run on back-to-back singles in the fifth, with a stolen base in between.After that, all eight Angels relievers on the roster collaborated on 8-1/3 scoreless innings.Noé Ramírez entered with two on in the 13th, and he struck out Erik Gonzalez to strand two runners. That one-batter performance was enough to get Ramírez his first major league victory, thanks to a first from Cozart.With one out in the bottom of the 13th, Cozart got a 3-and-2 fastball from Zach McAllister and drove it over the left field fence. It was the first walk-off hit of any kind for the eight-year veteran.“Just as excited as you can be,” Cozart said. “Nothing like running the bases and you know the game is over. That was a grinder of a game, and we came out on top.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error With two outs in the inning, Ohtani got a fastball over the outer half of the plate and he drove it out of the ballpark, just to the left of center field. PreviousAngels’ Mike Trout and Martin Maldonado showers Zack Cozart after he hit a walk-off homer in the 13th inning game at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani swings for a two-run homer in the fifth inning during a game against the Indians at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani celebrates his two-run homer with the dugout during a game against the Indians at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsAngels left fielder Justin Upton, back, and shortstop Andrelton Simmons collides on a popup fly during a game against the Indians at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor celebrates his run in the fifth inning during a game against the Angels at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor, right, spreads his arms for a safe call after he stole the second base before a tag by Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons during a game at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani celebrates his two-run homer with the dugout during a game against the Indians at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani celebrates his two-run homer with the dugout during a game against the Indians at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs delivers a pitch during a game against the Indians at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia sits in the dugout before a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians Wednesday, April 4, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber delivers a pitch during a game against the Angels at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor, left, scores on a hit by right fielder Brandon Guyer in the first inning as Angels catcher Martin Maldonado looks on during a game at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons, left, turns a double play over slide by Indians right fielder Brandon Guyer during a game at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)Angels center fielder Mike Trout hustles to first base during a game against the Indians at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani celebrates his two-run homer in the fifth inning with third base coach Dino Ebel during a game against the Indians at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani, right, watches his hit during a game against the Indians at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor, right, turns a double play over a slide by Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani during a game at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)Angels third baseman Zack Cozart, left, rounds the bases after hitting a walk-off homer in the 13th inning as Indians relief pitcher Zach McAllister looks on during a game at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)Angels third baseman Zack Cozart, left, hits a walk-off homer in the 13th inning during a game against the Indians at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)Los Angeles Angels’ Jefry Marte, Shohei Ohtani and Luis Valbuena, from left, run toward home plate to celebrate a walk-off home run by Zack Cozart during the 13th inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. The Angels won 3-2. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, heads for home on his two-run home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)The Angels’ Zack Cozart, right, runs toward home plate and his teammates after hitting a walk-off homer in the 13th inning of Wednesday’s 3-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)Angels third baseman Zack Cozart(7) celebrates with his teammates after hitting a walk-off homer in the 13th inning during a game against the Indians at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)Angels’ Mike Trout and Martin Maldonado showers Zack Cozart after he hit a walk-off homer in the 13th inning game at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani swings for a two-run homer in the fifth inning during a game against the Indians at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)NextShow Caption1 of 23Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani swings for a two-run homer in the fifth inning during a game against the Indians at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)ExpandANAHEIM — After Zack Cozart had the first walk-off hit of his career, it was difficult to tell if he was happier for himself or for the guy who had hit the Angels’ other homer a couple hours earlier.Cozart’s 13th-inning homer gave the Angels a 3-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday afternoon, sealing the club’s fifth victory in its first seven games.As if the Angels’ quick start isn’t encouraging enough for the team, it’s also been sparked by the Shohei Ohtani Show.Ohtani hit his second homer in as many games, this one a game-tying, two-run shot in the fifth inning against reigning Cy Young winner Corey Kluber.last_img read more

NFL trade rumors: Bears RB Jordan Howard drawing interest from multiple teams

first_imgHoward ran for at least 1,122 yards in each of his first two years in the NFL, but he has not shown as much progress as a receiver, as he caught 20 passes for 145 yards last season. The Bears potentially could move on from running back Jordan Howard if the right deal is presented. According to ESPN, which cited unidentified sources, multiple teams approached the Bears last week at the combine in Indianapolis to discuss a trade involving Howard. Conversations between Chicago and interested teams are “ongoing” with the start of the new league year less than a week away. NFL trade rumors: Raiders cooling off on Antonio Brown dealcenter_img Howard, selected by the Bears in the fifth round of the 2016 draft, has spent three seasons with Chicago. He’s entering the final year of his rookie deal and is set to make $2.025 million in 2019, ProFootballTalk noted.The 24-year-old had 250 carries for 935 yards last season, but he fell just short of his third straight 1,000-plus yard season while splitting time with Tarik Cohen. Related Newslast_img read more