Publish date:

Twins will face Shohei Ohtani first as a hitter, then as a pitcher in 4-game series with Angels

Ohtani will be matched up on the mound with Fernando Romero on Mother's Day.

Shohei Ohtani's legend grew larger on Tuesday when he smacked a batting practice home run so far and so hard that it left a mark on a railing near a rooftop patio at Coors Field. 

The Twins will get their first test against the 23-year-old phenom when they begin a four-game series against the Angels in Los Angeles on Thursday night. 

Ohtani, battling an ankle injury the last 10 days or so, is expected to be the designated hitter for the Angels on Thursday and Friday, resting on Saturday and then starting on the mound against the Twins on Sunday. 

Today's top stories: 

It took Whalen just over 3 weeks to land a big time recruit for the Gophers

NEW: You can now follow Bring Me The News on Flipboard

Fleck, Gophers land best DE recruit since the internet era began

A sensation who turned pro in Japan at just 18 years old, Ohtani has lived up to the hype in his first season of Major League Baseball, hitting .344 with four home runs, 14 RBI and an impressive 1.017 OPS. 

On the mound, the right-hander has been clocked at 101 mph and is 3-1 with a 4.10 ERA with 32 strikeouts in 26 1/3 innings.

Making this Twins-Angels series even more of a must-see is that Thursday's game features Jose Berrios on the mound for the Twins and it's being nationally televised on Fox Sports 1. 

Then on Mother's Day (Sunday), Ohtani will be opposed on the mound by Twins rookie sensation Fernando Romero, who has 14 strikeouts and has yet to allow a run in 11 2/3 innings. 

Oh, and there is that Mike Trout guy who is probably worth tuning in for. He's putting together another MVP caliber season, hitting .331 with 12 homers and 25 RBI. 

Next Up

Dean Evason

Wild fall flat against Predators, lose first game of season

The Wild couldn't stay out of the penalty box in a 5-2 loss.

Screen Shot 2021-10-24 at 10.11.36 AM

Search for Wisconsin woman whose vehicle was found near Hinckley

Ashley L. Miller, 33, was reported missing on Sep. 24 after her vehicle was found without her in it.

Dak Prescott

Report: Dak Prescott will be 'ready to go' for matchup with Vikings

The Dallas quarterback is expected to be available for next Sunday's showdown.

Eddie Rosario

Where Eddie Rosario's championship series heroics rank since 2000

The former Twin put together an all-timer to help the Braves reach the World Series.

plane, Piper PA-32

2 dead after plane crashes near residence in rural Wisconsin

The aircraft also struck the house during the crash.

Screen Shot 2021-10-23 at 9.38.43 PM

1 dead after van crashes and lands on Highway 100 in Brooklyn Center

Northbound Highway 100 was shut down following the crash Saturday night.

Jess Peterson

Woman killed in crash ID'd as 'bad ass biker chick' with 'giving spirit'

The 30-year-old died in a motorcycle crash on Oct. 19.

Karl-Anthony Towns

Timberwolves' defense fuels win over Pelicans

The Wolves' have bought in on the defensive end as part of a 2-0 start.

Minnesota Wild

Ryan Hartman's OT goal helps Wild stay undefeated

The Wild improved to 4-0 with a win over the Ducks.

Mar'Keise Irving / Gopher Football

Gophers pound Maryland to stay in Big Ten West race

Four different players scored a rushing touchdown in a 34-16 victory over Maryland.


Ohtani, Romero live up to the hype before Angels walk-off Twins

Romero allowed the first run of his career while Ohtani struck out 11.

Ohtani belts homer, smolders double to lead Angels over Twins

The 23-year-old phenom showed why every team in the MLB wanted him.

Twins score 3 in the 9th to stun Angels

Eddie Rosario homered twice to fuel the comeback.

Wild Card race down to 2 weeks: Twins and Angels have tough week ahead

Minnesota is 2 up on the Angels. Five other teams are 4.5 to 5.5 games back.

Twins call up top pitching prospect Fernando Romero

Romero high 90s fastball will be a breath of fresh air.

Twins come within 4 outs of a no-hitter against Orioles

Jonathan Schoop broke it up with 2 outs in the 8th inning.

Twins stay hot with 12-inning win over the Angels

Mitch Garver had the go-ahead RBI double in the 12th.