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Masterpress/Getty ImagesLos Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani won the 2018 American League Rookie of the Year Award Kyle Schwarber Jersey , MLB announced Monday.MLB MLBThe hype was real. Your 2018 American League Rookie of the Year: Shohei Ohtani. GBvlRVUzFDWith 25 first-place votes, Ohtani finished ahead of New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar. The Athletic's Lindsey Adler shared the results:Lindsey Adler lindseyadlerShohei Ohtani is the AL Rookie of the Year. Miguel And煤jar finished in second place, followed by Gleyber Torres in third. Here is the breakdown of votes: G4LGfmIVemExpectations couldn't have been much higher for the 24-year-old Ohtani as he was making the move from Japan.In five seasons with theHokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters, hehad a.286/.358/.500 slash line to go along with 48 home runs and 166 RBI. He alsowent 42-15 with a 2.52 ERA in 85 appearances on the mound.MLB fans got even more excited when Ohtani expressed a willingness to pull double duty in the majors. He ended up becoming the first player since Babe Ruth in 1919 to hit at least 15 home runs and pitch 50 innings in the same season.The Angels started Ohtani 82 times at designated hitter. Heposted a .390 weighted on-base average while hitting 22 home runs and 61 RBI. His 2.8 WAR was fourth-highest among Angels position players.He threw 51.2 innings over 10 starts andaveraged10.97 strikeouts to 3.83 walks while posting a 3.31 ERA and 3.57 FIP.He would have been the runaway favorite for Rookie of the Year had injuries not interrupted his debut campaign. After the month of May, Ohtani only pitched twice, and he subsequentlyunderwent Tommy John surgery on Oct. 1, after the regular season was over.Voters had to decide whether 104 total appearances was sufficient for Ohtani to collect the award.Andujar andYankees second baseman Gleyber Torres were the only serious challengers.Torres hit 24 homers , drove in 77 RBI and owned a .271/.340/.480 slash line. Andujar, meanwhile, had a .297/.328/.527 slash line, 27 home runs and 92 RBI in 149 games.However, Ohtani posted more offensive WAR than Torres (1.9) and Andujar (2.7) before factoring in his value as a pitcher.Sports Illustrated's Emma Baccellieri argued only one outcome made sense:"Ohtani has been one of the best rookie hitters in recent memory, and the numbers say that he's undeniably been the best this year in the American League. If you were to evaluate him just at the plate鈥攋udging him as a designated hitter, taking the limited playing time into account鈥攈e would still have a remarkably solid case for Rookie of the Year. Think about that Kris Bryant Jersey , and then throw in the fact that he's also been a legitimate top-of-the-rotation arm, with a 128 ERA+ and the highest strikeout rate of any rookie starting pitcher in the American League."Considering both his age and early success in MLB, Ohtani's potential is nearly limitless.By having Tommy John surgery, he won't pitch in 2019 but can still contribute to Los Angeles' lineup, likely as a designated hitter.As long as he can stay relatively healthy鈥攅lbow injury notwithstanding鈥攁n All-Star appearance should be within reach for Ohtani in year two.Stats are courtesy of FanGraphs unless otherwise noted. OAKLAND, Calif. — Right-hander Liam Hendriks gets another opportunity to convince the Oakland Athletics to take “bullpenning” into the postseason when he opens a six-game homestand Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Angels.The A’s will enter the final 13 days (12 games) of the regular season with a chance to capture the American League West or a wild-card playoff spot in the AL.Despite coming off a disappointing 3-3 trip against Baltimore and Tampa Bay, a pair of sub-.500 teams from the AL East , Oakland (90-60) will take the field Tuesday just 1 1/2 games behind the New York Yankees (91-58) in the race for the first wild-card spot in the AL.Article continues below ...The Yankees, who own the tie-breaker over the A’s, host the Boston Red Sox in a three-game series starting Tuesday.The Houston Astros (94-55) took a 4 1/2-game lead over the A’s atop the AL West into their series opener at home against Seattle on Monday night.Hendriks (0-1, 5.60) has served as Oakland’s “opener” five times this month and has allowed runs on just one occasion. But the A’s have lost three of the five games, including his most recent start, 7-5 at Tampa Bay on Saturday.The 2-3 team record in Hendriks’ starts hasn’t necessarily been his fault. He’s allowed just two runs and four hits in 5 2/3 innings in those games, and the two runs came the only time he was allowed to begin a second inning Sept. 1 against Seattle.Meanwhile , Oakland’s normally reliable bullpen has been roughed up for 21 earned runs and 33 hits in 38 1/3 innings in those games, numbers that would look a lot worse if you threw out the eighth scoreless, hitless innings at Baltimore last Wednesday.Hendriks has faced the Angels 27 times in his career, just once as a starter, and compiled a 1-2 record with a 3.86 ERA.Hendriks is scheduled to be opposed by Angels left-hander Tyler Skaggs (8-8, 3.78), who is expected to be reinstated from the disabled list prior to the game. The left-hander has been out with a groin strain.Skaggs was last seen struggling through a poor effort at home against the A’s on Aug. 11 Joe Maddon Jersey , when he was bombed for seven runs and 10 hits in 3 1/3 innings in a 7-0 loss.He served up a pair of home runs to Marcus Semien that day, as well as Khris Davis‘ 34th.Davis has since added nine more to match his career-high and take the major league lead with 43. He’s hit two in 13 career at-bats against Skaggs, who has gone just 2-5 with a 5.32 ERA in eight career starts against Oakland.The Angels also expect Shohei Ohtani in the lineup Tuesday after he turned his ankle on a slide into second base late in Sunday’s 4-3 win over Seattle.The same won’t be true for David Fletcher, who suffered a serious hamstring injury in the game and likely will be shut down for the rest of the season.

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