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Dodgers’ Shohei Ohtani passes Hideki Matsui for most MLB homers by a Japanese-born player

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LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Shohei Ohtani has broken Hideki Matsui’s record for most home runs by a Japanese-born player in Major League Baseball.

Ohtani crushed a two-run home run deep into the right field stands off Adrian Houser of the New York Mets in the third inning Sunday at Dodger Stadium.

The homer was the 176th of Ohtani’s six-plus seasons in the Majors. That’s one more than Matsui, who played the last ten seasons of his twenty-year professional career in North America.

Ohtani’s record-breaking blast traveled 400 feet with an exit velocity of 110 mph, putting the Dodgers ahead 2-0. Ohtani had not homered in his previous seven games.

The homer was his fifth for the Dodgers, who signed the two-time AL MVP to a $700 million contract last winter. Ohtani hit 171 home runs in six seasons with the Los Angeles Angels.