Ohtani, Angels Top Royals


Gamblers can wager on the game's total with odds sitting at -125 for over nine runs and +105 for under nine. The Royals have odds of +135 at home.

The Royals are not playing almost as well and sit in last place in the AL Central at 3-8. Los Angeles has covered the spread six times in its last seven games and the total has gone over in four of those seven. Ohtani broke the game open with a three-run triple in the sixth on a 97-mph Brandon Maurer fastball. He batted second in the first 10 games of the season. The over has hit in seven of those games, compared to three that've gone under in such games.

The Angels will counter with left-hander Andrew Heaney, who will come off the disabled list and make his first start of the season. He went 1-0 with a 4.63 ERA with 14 strikeouts in 11 2/3 innings in those exhibitions.

The Royals are going with righty Jason Hammel (0-1, 4.09 ERA) as their starter.

The 23-year-old Ohtani, who played Thursday as a designated hitter, logged his first triple since moving to the United States over the winter. The team has slashed.271/.337/.382 over its last five matchups and is 1-4 SU during that span.

The Royals' (3-8) lone run came on a Lucas Duda RBI single in the bottom of the eighth.

"Looking at video, they score a ton of runs", said Ian Kennedy, the Royals' starting and losing pitcher in a 7-1 loss Thursday said. Across 84 such plate appearances, he slashed.241/.274/.405 (his total season line was.271/.313/.519).

Stay tuned this weekend to see how the Japanese star does in his third start of the year. Now that the Red Sox have lost a game, the Angels are the hottest team in baseball and Thursday's 7-1 win over the Royals was their fifth straight win and they have climbed all the way to 11-3 on the year.

Los Angeles' offensive production been led by Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani.

Topping the Angels' offense coming into this set was Andrelton Simmons with 19 hits, 12 runs, a homer and eight RBI.

CLEVELAND - Francisco Lindor hit a leadoff homer and drove in three runs, helping Cleveland to its 11th consecutive victory against the Tigers.