Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani made history Thursday night by becoming the first Japanese-born player to hit for the cycle.
Ohtani, the two-way star who's not pitching this season as he recovers from Tommy John surgery, showed off his hitting prowess with a 414-foot three-run home run in the top of the first inning off Tampa Bay Rays starter Ryan Yarbrough.
He followed that up with a double off the wall in left center in the third inning and got the most difficult leg of the cycle in the fifth inning with a triple into the right field corner.
Ohtani completed the feat with a clean single to center field in the seventh.
Shohei Ohtani is the first Japanese-born player in @MLB history to hit for the #cycle. pic.twitter.com/lW1fkqzYR5
He's the second player to hit for the cycle in the majors this season after the Twins' Jorge Polanco did it against the Phillies on April 5.
Because of the elbow surgery in the offseason, Ohtani didn't make his 2019 debut until May 7. After a slow start, he has improved his batting average to .281 and now has eight home runs and 26 RBI in 31 games.
There have been only seven previous cycles in Angels history. The last player to do it was Mike Trout on May 21, 2013.
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