July 29, 2021

Angels’ Shohei Ohtani laughs off foreign substance check (New York Post)

The sticky substance witch hunt continues.

Angels star Shohei Ohtani was the victim of another search for banned substances. However, the two-way player had a different reaction than many other pitchers around the league.

It was all sunshine and rainbows for Ohtani as he aced his test. The Japanese pitcher cracked a smile and laughed while undoing his belt for the umpires. He was quickly found innocent and raced back towards the dugout.

Ohtani ended his night by striking out nine batters while allowing one run in six innings, his lone run coming from a Mike Yastrzemski home run. Unfortunately, he did not fare as well at the plate. He went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.

Even with a not-so heroic hitting performance, the multi-talented Ohtani was still able to make history. Since Ohtani was able to pitch and hit last night, it marked the first time ever an NL team had a DH in a lineup and an AL team didn’t. (The Angels faced the Giants in their home stadium.)

The MLB has continued to crack down on foreign substances, which has led to protests from pitchers, including some taking off their pants and belts. In one instance, it almost led to a

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