Los Angeles Times

Ohtani stars in WBC opener


Shohei Ohtani hit a tworun double off the left-field wall, gave up one hit over four innings and earned the win, leading Japan over China 8-1 on Thursday night in its opener at the World Baseball Classic in Tokyo.

The Angels’ two-way star struck out five and walked none in the Group B game in front of 41,616 at the Tokyo Dome. His fourth-inning double off Weiyi Wang gave Japan a 3-0 lead.

Ohtani retired his first 10 batters before Wang’s single in the fourth.

Philadelph­ia Phillies slugger Bryce Harper joined teammates at spring training and hasn’t ruled out being back by the All-Star break following Tommy John surgery in November . ... New York Yankees lefthander Carlos Rodón will begin the season on the injured list because of a left forearm strain, general manager Brian Cashman said.

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