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Masterpress/Getty ImagesLos Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani won the 2018 American League Rookie of the Year Award , 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 Tyler Anderson Jersey , 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, 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. — Khris Davis hopes to continue to terrorize Texas Rangers pitching when the Oakland Athletics go for a second consecutive win in the three-game series Tuesday night.Davis bombed his 37th home run of the season off the window of a luxury suite well beyond the fence in center field in Monday’s 9-0 victory.It was his eighth home run in 14 games against the Rangers this season.Article continues below ...Davis totaled 10 homers in 18 games against Texas in 2016, the second-most ever hit in a single season against the Texas franchise. Mickey Mantle hit 11 in 17 games against the Washington Senators in 1961.The A’s still have five games remaining against the Rangers.The all-time record for an A’s player against any opponent was set by Jimmie Foxx in the Philadelphia Athletics days, when he hit 13 in 22 games against the Detroit Tigers.The A’s blasted four homers Monday, with two coming off the bat of rookie Ramon Laureano, the first two of his career.“We made the park look small for a night,” A’s manager Bob Melvin gushed afterward. “We’ve got some power. KD (Davis) hit one off a window.“I was joking in the dugout about these warm summer nights in Oakland, but they weren’t buying it.”The A’s will set their sights Tuesday on Rangers rookie right-hander Ariel Jurado (2-2, 6.41 ERA) Chris Rusin Jersey , who two starts ago was torched by the New York Yankees for four homers.He’s lost his last two starts, roughed up for 12 runs and 16 hits, including five home runs, in 11 innings.Jurado has never faced the A’s.Oakland will counter with left-hander Brett Anderson (2-3, 3.90), who has been brilliant in August without much to show for it.In starts against Detroit, the Los Angeles Angels and Seattle, he’s allowed two runs and 11 hits in 19 2/3 innings, but didn’t get a win in any of the games. In fact , the A’s lost two of three after totaling four runs of offensive support.Anderson got plenty of help when he faced the Rangers in Texas on July 23 in a 15-3 win. He limited the Rangers to two runs and six hits in eight innings.The 30-year-old is 2-4 with a 5.68 ERA in 12 games (nine starts) in his career against Texas.Anderson won’t have to face one of his toughest outs, Adrian Beltre, who missed his second consecutive game Monday with a severe hamstring strain.The injury had the 21-year veteran talking retirement before the game.“I’m not going to decide that until the offseason,” the 39-year-old insisted. “Everything on the baseball field, everything with my family, everything with how I feel mentally is going to be part of (the decision).”Rangers manager Jeff Banister related Beltre’s situation with that of another star athlete in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.“It’s the grind of getting ready to play. It’s the time from once they get up in the morning to game time and the preparation of playing,” he said. “Think about (Dallas Mavericks standout) Dirk (Nowitzki) and what he goes through on a daily basis to be prepared to play a basketball game.“If they fall out of love with that process, that is probably when it becomes very challenging for them. Then they really have to make a decision.”

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