Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani on his future

Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani raised questions about his future at Anaheim after a 2-0 loss to the Texas Rangers on Thursday night that dropped his team 15 games below .500.

When asked if he would still like to be with the Angels after the trade deadline next week, last year’s AL MVP Ohtani was somewhat ambiguous in translator Ippei Mizuhara’s response.

“No matter where I play, I’ll give my all and try to win the ball game in front of me,” said Ohtani. “I’m with the Angels right now and I’m very grateful for what they’ve done. I love my team and my teammates. Right now I’m an Angel and that’s all I can focus on.”

Ohtani, who turned 28 earlier this month, is set to become a free agent after the 2023 season. He has spent all five of his MLB seasons with the Angels, finishing under .500 and missing the playoffs every year.

On Thursday night, Ohtani (9-6) repeatedly emerged from trouble while racking up 11 strikeouts, his sixth straight start with double-digit strikeouts, but he also had eight hits and two runs over six innings. He lost his second straight start as he served with a shot at his career-best 10th hill climb.

Ohtani leads the majors with nine double-digit strikeout performances. He pitched six scoreless innings with 11 strikeouts in Atlanta last week before the Braves tagged him for six runs in an 8-1 loss in the seventh.

Thursday’s loss dropped the Angels 22.5 games behind first-placed Houston Astros in the AL West.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Emma Bowman

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