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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani fouled a 2-2 pitch off his ankle in the fifth inning. He fouled the next pitch off his leg, just above his knee.

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Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, right, heads to first after hitting a solo home run as Boston Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez, center, and home plate umpire Adam Beck watch during the fifth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, July 7, 2021, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) The Associated Press

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani fouled a 2-2 pitch off his ankle in the fifth inning. He fouled the next pitch off his leg, just above his knee.

The Los Angeles Angels slugger shook off the pain, stepped back in and immediately hit a 433-foot homer that gave him a new place in Japanese baseball history.

“That’s how tough he is,” Angels manager Joe Maddon said. “He stayed in there, got himself right and hit a homer.”

Ohtani hit his major league-leading 32nd homer and broke the single-season major league record for homers by a Japanese player during the Angels’ 5-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday.

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Fellow All-Star Jared Walsh homered twice for the Angels, who won for the sixth time in seven games and took two of three from the AL-leading Red Sox on another landmark day for Los Angeles’ two-way superstar.

A day after Ohtani pitched seven innings to beat Boston, he broke Hideki Matsui’s record with his solo shot to right off Eduardo Rodríguez (6-5), putting the Angels ahead to stay in the fifth inning.

Matsui hit 31 homers for the Yankees in 2004, but Ohtani surpassed the mark in just 81 games before the All-Star break with his 15th homer in his past 20 games.

“I’ve said it before, but he’s someone I’ve been watching as a child growing up, so it’s a huge honor to do something he’s done,” Ohtani said through his translator.

Matsui, who played for the Angels in 2010, returned the love.

In a statement issued by the team, Matsui said Ohtani “exceeds what is considered conventional for a major league player, and there is no one else like him. I hope he continues his success this season, as he carries the hopes and dreams of many fans and young children. As a baseball fan myself, I can’t wait to see what he is able to do next.”

Walsh homered right after Ohtani’s blast and added another solo shot in the seventh, giving him 22 homers in his breakthrough season as Albert Pujols’ full-time replacement at first base. Walsh drove in three runs for the Angels (44-42) as they moved two games above .500 for the first time since April 21.

Xander Bogaerts had three hits and drove in a run for the Red Sox, who lost for just the third time in 13 games while finishing 3-3 on their six-game California road swing. Boston hadn’t lost back-to-back games since June 24.

“We had our chances the last two days,” Boston manager Alex Cora said. “We had traffic all over the place. We weren’t able to get the big hit. That happens. We were so good offensively coming into this trip. We just haven’t had that big hit the last few days.”

After Mike Mayers escaped an eighth-inning jam with a lead, Raisel Iglesias struck out the side in the ninth for his 18th save.

Andrew Heaney (5-6) pitched six-hit ball into the sixth inning for the Angels, bouncing back from three straight rough starts with a solid effort against the AL’s best team. He walked two and struck out five while giving up three runs.

Rodríguez yielded nine hits and four runs over five inconsistent innings for Boston, striking out five. The Angels made little solid contact against him until their back-to-back homers.

“It’s kind of hard when you know your pitches are working pretty good and they start hitting balls like that, but those things happen,” Rodríguez said. “I have to get out of those. Blooper, homer, whatever, that’s something you have to take out of the game.”

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The Red Sox were unhappy when video review failed to conclude José Iglesias hadn’t touched second base while turning an inning-ending double play in the sixth.

Boston also got the benefit of two misplays by Angels outfielders during rallies.

Phil Gosselin misplayed Bobby Dalbec’s catchable fly to left in the fifth, allowing a run. J.D. Martinez then led off the eighth with a triple when Luis Rengifo apparently lost his fly ball in the sun, and Bogaerts doubled him home before Mayers got three straight outs.

FLETCH PART 21

David Fletcher singled in his first two at-bats, extending his hitting streak to a career-best 21 games and giving him a hit in seven consecutive plate appearances since Monday.

Fletcher’s hitting streak is the longest in the AL this season, and it matches the 21-game streak by Cincinnati’s Nick Castellanos for the longest in the majors in 2021. The streak is also the longest for the Angels since Garret Anderson went 23 straight in 2008.

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Red Sox: RHP Tanner Houck could return to Boston’s rotation after the All-Star break to keep the starters on proper rest. Houck hasn’t pitched in the majors since early May because of a right arm flexor injury, but he is making rehab starts for Triple-A Worcester.

Angels: LF Justin Upton will be out through the All-Star break. The veteran hasn’t played since June 22 because of lower-back tightness.

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Red Sox: Longtime Angels starter Garrett Richards (4-5, 4.88 ERA) takes the mound Friday at Fenway Park against Philadelphia.

Angels: Alex Cobb (6-3, 4.60 ERA) takes the mound in Seattle on Friday, looking to continue his impressive 5-1 run in seven starts since returning from the injured list.

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Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski’s grandson and star freshman Paolo Banchero face charges related to DWI, per report

Krzyzewski’s grandson Michael Savarino was reportedly charged with DWI and Banchero is charged with aiding and abetting DWI

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Two members of the Duke basketball team face charges related to a driving while impaired arrest of one of the players Sunday, according to The News & Observer. The grandson of legendary Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, Michael Savarino, was arrested on suspicion of DWI, and star Duke freshman Paolo Banchero has been charged with aiding and abetting DWI, a charge given to individuals in North Carolina who knowingly encourage, aid, advise or instigate another person to drive or attempt to drive while impaired, according to court records obtained by The News & Observer.

Both players were arrested in Orange County, North Carolina, and have court dates related to the case scheduled for next month.

Banchero was in the starting lineup for Duke’s home game Tuesday night vs. Gardner-Webb although Savarino’s status remains unclear and he was not with the team vs. the Bulldogs.

“We are reviewing a legal matter involving two members of the men’s basketball team,” the Duke athletic department said in a statement released to the News & Observer. “Any further actions as a result of this situation will ultimately be determined by the Vice President/Director of Athletics and University officials.”

Savarino is the son of Duke assistant athletic director Debbie Savarino, the oldest of Krzyzewski ‘s three daughters. He joined the program as a walk-on in 2019 and was given a scholarship in the offseason. He played four minutes on Friday in Duke’s 82-56 win over Army in which he recorded one rebound.

Banchero, the preseason ACC Player of the Year, is averaging 19.3 points and 8.7 rebounds per game for the Blue Devils through three games. A versatile 6-foot-9 forward, Banchero is the top-ranked player in CBS Sports’ 2022 NBA Draft prospect rankings and the No. 1 selection in CBS Sports’ most recent NBA Mock Draft.

He ranked as the No. 2 prospect in the 2021 recruiting class behind Gonzaga’s Chet Holmgren and is a major factor in why Duke was picked to win the ACC this season, despite missing the NCAA Tournament last season. Banchero was especially impressive in Duke’s season-opening win over Kentucky in the Champions Classic at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 9, as he debuted with 22 points and seven rebounds while connecting on 7 of 11 shots.

Savarino is the son of Duke assistant athletic director Debbie Savarino, the oldest of Krzyzewski ‘s three daughters. He joined the program as a walk-on in 2019 and was given a scholarship in the offseason. He played four minutes on Friday in Duke’s 82-56 win over Army in which he recorded one rebound.

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Grand Game: Boston’s 2 Slams Leads 9-5 ALCS Rout of Astros

HOUSTON (AP) — Carlos Correa paused a few seconds at the plate, tapping the spot on his wrist where a watch would be, after hitting a tiebreaking home run in the seventh inning that propelled the Houston Astros over the Boston Red Sox 5-4 Friday night in the AL Championship Series opener.

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By KRISTIE RIEKEN, AP Sports Writer

HOUSTON (AP) — J.D. Martinez and Rafael Devers helped the Red Sox have a grand old time in Houston.

Boston became the first team to slug two grand slams in a postseason game, with Martinez and Devers connecting in the first two innings of a 9-5 win over the Astros on Saturday that tied their AL Championship Series at one game apiece.

Martinez made it 4-0 with his opposite-field shot off rookie Luis García with two outs in the first. It was the first career playoff slam for the four-time All-Star, who began his career with the Astros.

García exited with right knee discomfort after walking the first batter of the second inning. Jake Odorizzi took over, and shortly after a 13-minute delay while the right-hander warmed up on the field, Devers connected with one out for slam No. 2.

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Game 3 is Monday night in Boston. It’s the first of three consecutive home games for the Red Sox, back in the playoffs for the first time since winning the 2018 World Series after downing Houston in the ALCS.

Kiké Hernández, who Boston manager Alex Cora referred to Friday night as “en fuego” after a two-homer performance in Game 1, remained on fire Saturday. He had two hits, highlighted by a solo homer in the fourth inning.

Hernández has been this postseason’s hottest hitter, leading all players with 16 hits, five homers and four doubles. His nine extra-base hits are also the most in these playoffs and tied a Red Sox postseason record with Mike Lowell (2007), Kevin Youkilis (2007) and David Ortiz (2004 & 2007).

Red Sox starter Nathan Eovaldi permitted five hits and three runs in 5 1/3 innings.

The Astros captured a 5-4 win in the series opener as they rallied behind homers from Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa before falling into the huge hole early in this one.

The Red Sox were up 9-0 when Houston got on the board with an RBI double by Kyle Tucker with two outs in the fourth. The Astros cut the lead to 9-3 when Yuli Gurriel followed with single to right field that scored two more.

Gurriel and Jason Castro added solo homers in the ninth off Darwinzon Hernandez before Ryan Brasier got the final out.

The injury to García is another blow to a Houston team trying to reach the World Series for the second time in three years. The Astros are already reeling after an injury to staff ace Lance McCullers Jr. that kept him off the roster for this series.

They won the championship in 2017, a crown tainted by the team’s sign-stealing scandal.

When McCullers went out, manager Dusty Baker said the team would just have to “hit more” to absorb the loss. But now that the rotation is further depleted, it’ll be an even taller task for this powerful lineup outgunning a Boston team whose offense has outpaced everyone this postseason.

Odorizzi was left off the Division Series roster after a disappointing first season in Houston before getting a spot in this round after the injury to McCullers. He allowed seven hits and four runs in four innings Saturday in a performance that certainly isn’t good news for a team that is running short on starters.

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There’s a day off Sunday before Houston’s José Urquidy makes his first start this postseason in Game 3 Monday. The Red Sox have yet to name their starter.

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Jarry Has 26 Saves, Penguins Beat Lightning 6-2 in Opener

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tristan Jarry had 26 saves, Danton Heinen and Brian Boyle scored early second-period goals, and the short-handed Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning 6-2 in the regular-season opener on Tuesday night.

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tristan Jarry had 26 saves, Danton Heinen and Brian Boyle scored early second-period goals, and the short-handed Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning 6-2 in the regular-season opener on Tuesday night.

Dominik Simon, Teddy Blueger, Bryan Rust and Evan Rodrigues also scored, and Kris Letang had two assists for the Penguins, who played without injured stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. The final three Pittsburgh goals were into an empty net.

“It’s a process but I think we proved that we can play against a team like that, we can play well and we can win,” Simon said.

Tampa Bay got goals from Anthony Cirelli and Andrew Killorn, and Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 29 shots. Star right wing Nikita Kucherov didn’t have a shot on goal, while defenseman Mikhail Sergachev was minus-5.

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NHL commissioner Gary Bettman was in attendance as Tampa Bay unveiled its 2020-21 Stanley Cup banner during a pregame ceremony. The Lightning have won two consecutive titles following pandemic-impacted and abbreviated regular seasons.

“We wanted to kind of spoil it,” Heinen said.

Lightning coach Jon Cooper said the outcome would have the same if the opponent had been the Penguins’ minor league team.

“They beat us to every puck, they worked harder than us, they were better than us in every facet of the game,” Cooper said. “If it wasn’t for our goalie it probably would have been way worse. They came here to win a hockey game, we came here and watched the banner raising, and then watched a team want to win a hockey game. We did a lot of watching tonight.”

Jarry turned aside Brayden Point’s low slot shot during the game’s first power play midway through the second.

The Penguins blocked 15 shots.

“It makes my job really easy,” Jarry said. “They’re playing hard, and they’re blocking shots. They did a great job for me.”

Heinen and Boyle put the Penguins up 2-0 with goals in the first 4:11 of the second.

Jeff Carter stole Vasilevskiy’s clearing attempt behind the net and set up Heinen’s goal 12 seconds in. Boyle, who signed a $750,000, one-year contract before the game after coming to training camp on a tryout offer, scored from the low slot at 4:11. The 12-year veteran last played with Florida in 2019-20.

“That was awesome,” Heinen said of Boyle’s goal. “It was a nice goal, too. He’s such a great guy, always smiling. A great teammate to have,”

Simon made it 3-0 when his long-range shot eluded Vasilevskiy with 8:28 left in the third. It was his first goal since Feb. 2, 2020.

Cooper pulled Vasilevskiy with 6 minutes left and it paid off when Cirelli scored at 14:23. However, with Vasilevskiy off the ice again, Blueger picked up an empty-netter 30 seconds later.

Killorn got another Lightning goal with the extra attacker but Rodrigues and Rust got the Penguins’ second and third empty-net goals.

Pittsburgh outshot the Lightning 14-7 in the first period. Simon had his in-close chance stopped during a 2-on-1 by Vasilevskiy, and Rodrigues lost control of the puck on a breakaway.

The Lightning had a streak of winning seven consecutive season openers, all at home, end.

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Chicago senior advisor Scotty Bowman was at the game. Bowman (Detroit 1997-98), Cooper and Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan (2016-17) are the last three NHL coaches to win back to back Stanley Cups. Bowman (Montreal 1976-79) and Al Arbour (1980-83) are the last two to win three straight championships when both had streaks of four consecutive titles.

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Sullivan tied Dan Bylsma for the most regular-season wins by a Pittsburgh coach with 252.

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Penguins: Crosby (wrist) is practicing, as are LW Jake Guentzel (Covid-19) and LW Zach Aston-Reese (Covid-19). … Malkin (knee) was placed on long-term IL. … D Mike Matheson (lower body) was scratched.

Lightning: D Cal Foote (finger) and C Gemel Smith (lower body) didn’t play.

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Penguins: Wrap up a two-game trip at Florida on Thursday night.

Lightning: At Detroit on Thursday night.

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Dominik Simon, Teddy Blueger, Bryan Rust and Evan Rodrigues also scored, and Kris Letang had two assists for the Penguins, who played without injured stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. The final three Pittsburgh goals were into an empty net.

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