Shohei Ohtani stats vs. White Sox: Reigning MVP blasts home run in Dodgers spring training debut

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Fans who showed up to Camelback Ranch to see Shohei Ohtani’s first game in a Dodgers uniform were rewarded with a show Tuesday.

After a tough start to the game for the Dodgers’ blockbuster addition, including a strikeout looking in his first plate appearance, Ohtani blasted a two-run home run to left field in his third and final at-bat of the day.

Ohtani, 29, finished 1-for-3 with a strikeout and a double play in addition to the home run. A run scored when Ohtani grounded into the double play in the third inning, tying the game, but he wasn’t credited with an RBI. 

Ohtani’s return to the diamond came just over five months after he underwent major elbow surgery in September, which will keep him off the pitcher’s mound but not the batter’s box in 2024. The two-time MVP pledged to be ready for Opening Day throughout the offseason, and a home run before the end of February is an excellent sign for his long-term health. 

The Dodgers were trailing when Ohtani’s day came to an end, but the scoreboard matters little in the spring. The $700 million man figures to get more reps as the regular season approaches, though Dave Roberts is unlikely to push him too far ahead of the Dodgers’ March 20 opener against the Padres in South Korea.

The Sporting News tracked Ohtani’s spring training debut with the Dodgers. Check out of the key moments you might have missed.

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Shohei Ohtani stats

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Shohei Ohtani results, highlights from Dodgers spring training debut

(All times Eastern)

4:32 p.m. β€” That’ll do it for Ohtani, who heads into the clubhouse after going 1-3 with a 2-run home run. 

Third plate appearance: 2-run home run

4:27 p.m. β€” Ohtani blasts a 2-run home run to left field! That’s exactly what Dodgers fans came to see, and the $700 million man is on the board with his first hit, home run and RBI of the spring in a Los Angeles uniform. It went 377 feet.

4:25 p.m. β€” Here comes Ohtani for the third and likely final time today.

4:24 p.m. β€” Jose Ramos singles, so we will see Ohtani in the fifth as long as Betts doesn’t ground into a double play. 

4:22 p.m. β€” Mookie Betts is on deck, so Dave Roberts seems content to at least let the top of the order get a third plate appearances. 

4:10 p.m. β€” Oscar Colas snags a deep drive from Jason Heyward to make it a 1-2-3 inning for Jesse Chavez. That means someone would need to get on base for Ohtani to come up again in the fifth, if he stays in the game. 

3:59 p.m. β€” The tie doesn’t last long, as Paul DeJong blasts a 3-run home run off of Grove to give the White Sox a 4-1 lead. 

Second plate appearance: Double play

3:53 p.m. β€” Ohtani grounds into a double play, but he does drive in the game-tying run. It’s not an RBI because of the double play, but a run is a run. We’ll see if that’s it for the $700 million man today.

3:50 p.m. β€” Betts singles after a walk by Jose Ramos, bringing Ohtani to the plate with two on and nobody out.

3:46 p.m. β€” Michael Petersen and Michael Grove combine to toss a 1-2-3 third inning, setting up a third inning that should bring Ohtani to the plate. Justin Anderson is on the mound for the White Sox.

3:34 p.m. β€” Crochet is coming out of the game with two on and two outs. We’re now set to see Ohtani again in the third inning, so long as Miguel Rojas is able to finish his at-bat here in the second.

3:30 p.m. β€” Max Muncy comes through with the Dodgers’ first hit of the day, a single off of Crochet. 

3:22 p.m. β€” It’s a 1-2-3 first for Crochet against Betts, Ohtani and Freeman. It’s only spring, but that’s an inning to be proud of for the former first-round pick. 

First plate appearance: Strikeout looking

3:17 p.m. β€” Crochet quickly gets Ohtani to strike out looking. He retires the first two batters, and Ohtani’s first hit of the spring will have to wait. 

3:15 p.m. β€” Mookie Betts is set to lead off the bottom of the first against Crochet, with Ohtani on deck. 

3:11 p.m. β€” We will wait a bit longer to see Ohtani after Eloy Jimenez hit an RBI double to the warning track. 

3:09 p.m. β€” Nicky Lopez greets Miller with a one-out double.

3:04 p.m. β€” The Dodgers are at home, so Ohtani will start the day in the dugout while Bobby Miller takes the mound.

Pregame

2:40 p.m. β€” Ohtani’s first spring training plate appearance is set to come against White Sox lefty Garrett Crochet, who underwent major elbow surgery himself before returning to make 13 appearances in 2023.

2:25 p.m. β€” It’s been just over five months since Ohtani underwent elbow surgery, which he said at the time wouldn’t prevent him from being ready for Opening Day. It has to be encouraging for the Dodgers and their fans that he’s ready to roll three full weeks before the team starts the season in South Korea.

2:05 p.m. β€” The Dodgers have gotten off to an undefeated start this spring with four consecutive wins. Does that mean anything? Doubtful, though it could be a testament to the depth that has been as much of a factor in the franchise’s success over the last decade as stars have been. 

1:50 p.m. β€” The Betts-Ohtani-Freeman order at the top of Los Angeles’s lineup has historical ties to it. No team has had three former MVPs at the top of the batting order since the 1983 Phillies. There’s a reason why Dodgers fans are excited to see the stars shine in L.A., and today is their first taste of that three-headed monster. 

1:40 p.m.: Ohtani is slated to bat second in the Dodgers’ lineup today, sandwiched in between Mookie Betts at leadoff and Freddie Freeman in the No. 3 spot. 

How to watch Shohei Ohtani’s Dodgers spring training debut

  • Date: Tuesday, Feb. 27
  • Start time: 3:05 p.m. ET | 12:05 p.m. PT
  • TV channel: SportsNet LA
  • Live stream: SportsNet app | MLB Network | MLB.TV | Fubo

Ohtani and the Dodgers will face the White Sox at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz., at 3:05 p.m. ET (12:05 p.m. PT). 

Fans in the Los Angeles area can stream the game on SportsNet Los Angeles, while others can find the game on the MLB Network. Both channels will be carried by Fubo, which offers a free trial. The game will also be streamed live on MLB.TV.

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