Detroit Tigers’ pitchers get little support in 5-2 loss to Los Angeles Angels
By LARRY LAGE
AP Sports Writer
DETROIT — Shohei Ohtani looked so eager to make an impact in his highly anticipated season debut that he swung so hard his helmet flew off his head more than once.
He finished 0 for 4 with an RBI groundout and walked once as the Los Angeles Angels beat the Detroit Tigers 5-2 Tuesday night.
“I was happy to get this out of the way,” Ohtani said through a translator.
The Angels activated the AL Rookie of the Year from the injured list and it appeared simulated games didn’t quite prepare him for the moment.
The 24-year-old two-way player isn’t expected to pitch this year as he recovers from the Tommy John surgery he had in October.
Griffin Canning (1-0) earned the win in his second career start, giving up two runs and four hits over 5 1/3 innings while striking out seven.
Luke Bard and Ty Buttrey combined for 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief and Hansel Robles pitched the ninth for his third save in as many chances.
Daniel Norris (1-1) allowed three runs, five hits and two walks over five innings.
“I was pretty happy with my stuff, but I got us into a hole in the third inning and I can’t do that,” he said.
Eduard Jimenez, who pitched a scoreless inning in his major league debut, was one of five relievers who combined to give up two runs.
The Tigers failed to generate much offense, scoring just two runs in the sixth inning on Nicholas Castellanos’ triple and Miguel Cabrera’s single.