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The American League MVP race goes to Shohei Ohtani and Aaron Judge. The New York Yankees slugger is nearing a home run record, but Ohtani hit the milestone Wednesday, putting him in his 1st place in his club.
Ohtani became the first player in major league history to record 30 home runs and 10 wins in a season. He helped his Los Angeles Angels beat the Yankees 3-2 with him, taking the series to one of the best teams in baseball.
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He went 5-for-12 against the Yankees and finished the series with two homers and five RBIs.
“That definitely motivates me to do better, which means I try to use that hardware,” he told reporters through a translator. But I try to take it game by game and then count everything.”
Ohtani became the first Japanese player to hit 30 consecutive home runs in a season.
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The current AL MVP has been compared to Babe Ruth in many ways, but even the “Great Bambino” couldn’t beat Ohtani on Wednesday. Ruth played from 1914 to 1935. He won more than 10 games with the Boston Reds from his 1915 to 1918 with the Sox, but didn’t really start batting until 1919.
Ohtani’s next step is to do just that in the postseason.
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This season is no exception. The team was his fourth in the American League West, moving to 57-74 after defeating the Yankees.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.