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Shohei Ohtani, the most celebrated hitter/pitcher in baseball since Babe Ruth, had mixed resultsin hisfirst MLB game appearance in Tempe, Ariz.The 23-year-old former Japanese star got the start for the Angels against the Brewers. He went 1 1/3 innings, throwing 31 pitches, before manager Mike Sciosia pulled him with the score tied 2-2. That's standard procedure for most pitchers in early spring games, to havea low pitch count and come out early.The right-hander struck out the first and the last batterhe faced in the first inning Yu Darvish Jersey , but labored in between. He fell behind leadoff hitter Jonathan Villar, 3-1, who then smashed a line drive to deep center that bounced over the wall for a ground-rule double.After striking out the next batter, Nate Orf, on a splitter, Ohtaniwalked Ji-Man Choi. With clean-up batterManny Pia up, Ohtani threw a wild pitch in the dirt. CatcherMartn Maldonado's wild throw to second in a bid to catch the advancing Choi allowed a run to score.Pia fouled out, and Ohtani then struck outBrett Phillips on four pitches to end the inning with 26 pitches. After Willson Contreras Jersey lead-off hitter Keon Broxton homered off Ohtani to begin the second inning, the pitcher retiredNick Franklin on a fly out before getting the hook.Ohtani's final line: 1 1/3 innings, two hits, one earned run, two strikeouts, one walk, a wild pitch, and that home run to Broxton.Of course, the eyes of the baseball world were watching Ohtani as they will be all season to see how he adjusts to the American game. The early consensus is that he showed good movement on his pitches, even if some ended outside the strike zone.Former MLB All-Star pitcher Mark Gubicza, now an Angels analyst, tweeted, "Fun to watch #ShoheiOhtani on the bump!! One unearned run with 2 punch outs!! Velocity, split and curve were solid in his 1st inning pitched! Overthrew a few but wow!! He is legit!"Fun to watch #ShoheiOhtani on the bump!! One unearned run Jason Heyward Jersey with 2 punch outs!! Velocity, split and curve were solid in his 1st inning pitched! Overthrew a few but wow!! He is legit! #Angels @FoxSportsWest Mark Gubicza (@Markgubicza) February 24, 2018Shohei Ohtani displayed some great movement on his pitches during his Spring Training pitching debut today.1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB & 2 K.#Angels pic.twitter.com/KeNLZPw9Dd Brad Badini (@celeBRADtion) February 24, 2018