World news – Alex Cobb and Shohei Ohtani led Angels to victory over Royals

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Angels batsman Shohei Ohtani scored a double in two runs in the seventh inning of Monday’s game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (AP Photo / Orlin Wagner)

Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Alex Cobb delivers to a Kansas City Royals batsman during the first inning of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mon., Monday, April 12, 2021. (AP Photo / Orlin Wagner)

Kansas City Royals pitcher Brady Singer delivers to a Los Angeles Angels batsman during the first innings of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mon., Monday, April 12, 2021. (AP Photo / Orlin Wagner)

The angel Jared Walsh (right) slips into third base as the ball passes Royals third baseman Hanser Alberto (left). Mo. Walsh scored a goal in the second inning of Monday’s game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City on Monday. (AP Photo / Orlin Wagner)

Los Angeles Angels singles batsman Shohei Ohtani during the first innings of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mon., Monday, April 12, 2021. (AP Photo / Orlin Wagner)

Shohei Ohtani of Los Angeles Angels (left) is greeted by Carlos Santana, 41, the first baseman of the Kansas City Royals, during the first innings of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Monday, June 12th April 2021. Ohtani was picked up by Royals and the pitcher Brady Singer starts. (AP Photo / Orlin Wagner)

Angels starting pitcher Alex Cobb # 38 throws on the plate during the first innings of Monday’s game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga / Getty Images)

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – APRIL 12: Shohei Ohtani # 17 of the Los Angeles Angels is marked by Carlos Santana # 41 of the Kansas City Royals when he bought the first base in the first inning at Kauffman Stadium on April 12 Kansas City, Missouri will be caught in 2021. (Photo by Ed Zurga / Getty Images)

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – APRIL 12: Shohei Ohtani # 17 of the Los Angeles Angels hits a single in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on April 12, 2021 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga / Getty Images)

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – APRIL 12: Brady Singer # 51 of the Kansas City Royals pitches in the first inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Kauffman Stadium on April 12, 2021 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga / Getty Images)

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – APRIL 12: Shohei Ohtani # 17 of the Los Angeles Angels hits a single in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on April 12, 2021 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga / Getty Images)

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – APRIL 12: Justin Upton # 10 of the Los Angeles Angels celebrates with Albert Pujols # 5 after winning the second inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on April 12, 2021 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga / Getty Images)

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – APRIL 12: Los Angeles Angels ‘Jared Walsh # 20 is handcuffed with Kansas City Royals’ third baseman Hanser Alberto # 49 as he drives to home base after a throwing error by Michael A. Taylor to score the second inning at Kauffman Stadium on April 12, 2021 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga / Getty Images)

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – APRIL 12: Jared Walsh # 20 of the Los Angeles Angels scores a throwing error from pitcher Brady Singer to kill Salvador Perez # 13 of the Kansas City Royals in the second inning at Kauffman Stadium on April 12, 2021 catch Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga / Getty Images)

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – APRIL 12: Los Angeles Angels manager Joe Maddon # 70 speaks to panel umpire Chris Guccione in the third inning during a game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on April 12, 2021 in Kansas City , Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga / Getty Images)

Kansas City Royals Salvador Perez celebrated his 1,000th career hit in the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mon., Monday, April 12, 2021. (AP Photo / Orlin Wagner)

Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Alex Cobb (38) passes the ball to manager Joe Maddon (right) during the sixth innings of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mon., Monday, April 12, 2021 (AP Photo / Orlin Wagner)

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – APRIL 12: Shohei Ohtani # 17 of the Los Angeles Angels scores a double in two runs in the seventh inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on April 12, 2021 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga / Getty Images)

Los Angeles Angels referred to batsman Shohei Ohtani as gestures after his brace during the seventh innings of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mon., Monday, April 12, 2021. (AP Photo / Orlin Wagner)

Fans celebrate a Los Angeles Angels RBI double as batsman Shohei Ohtani during the ninth innings of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mon., Monday, April 12, 2021. (AP Photo / Orlin Wagner)

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – APRIL 12: Shohei Ohtani # 17 of the Los Angeles Angels celebrates his double in two runs with third base coach Brian Butterfield # 55 in the seventh inning at Kauffman Stadium on April 12, 2021 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga / Getty Images)

Mike Matheny, manager of the Kansas City Royals, right, picks up relief pitcher Carlos Hernandez (left) during the seventh innings of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mon., Monday, April 12, 2021 , out. (AP Photo / Orlin Wagner)

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – APRIL 12: Relief pitcher Aaron Slegers # 57 of the Los Angeles Angels throws in the seventh inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on April 12, 2021 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga / Getty Images)

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – APRIL 12: Shohei Ohtani # 17 of the Los Angeles Angels hits an RBI single in the ninth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on April 12, 2021 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga / Getty Images)

Kansas City Royals left fielder Andrew Benintendi fails to catch a fly ball during the ninth inning of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mon., Monday, April 12, 2021, which is played by Los Angeles Angels as batsman Shohei Ohtani RBI was called doubling the game. (AP Photo / Orlin Wagner)

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – APRIL 12: Mike Trout # 27 of the Los Angeles Angels leads the bases after a two-piece home run in the ninth inning at Kauffman Stadium on April 12, 2021 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga / Getty Images)

Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout (27) is greeted by Jared Walsh (20) after his tied home run during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, MO on Monday, April 12th , congratulations 2021. (AP Photo / Orlin Wagner)

Los Angeles Angels Shohei Ohtani (left) speaks to David Fletcher (right) prior to a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mon., Monday, April 12, 2021. (AP Photo / Orlin Wagner )

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – APRIL 12: Shohei Ohtani # 17 of the Los Angeles Angels walks to the dugout canoe after warming up before a game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on April 12, 2021 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga / Getty Images)

The last time Joe Maddon beat Alex Cobb, he was one of the major’s top pitchers.
Of course, a lot has happened since then, including Cobb, who went to the Baltimore Orioles and fought enough that much of the baseball world forgot about him.

But for five innings in the Angels’ 3-10 victory over the Royals on Monday night in Kansas City, Cobb reminded everyone – including his manager – of what he’d done earlier.

« It’s like jumping in time, » said Maddon. « This is what he looked like a few years ago. It’s really impressive to see. »

Cobb hit 10 for the first time since 2014 when Maddon was his manager.

« When things start rolling and you can do what you want with each field of play, you will be returning to some of your best days, » said Cobb. « This is what I worked on to get back to feeling this way, having a good rhythm in the game and being able to go at any pitch you want. »

The key for him was his splinter, which he threw 52 times out of its 97 slots.

« If this split is chosen, as it was tonight, everything else will be set up, » Maddon said.

Cobb said he had a few moments this spring when he felt his shard was so good, but « in a game, it’s the best thing in a while ».

Cobb retired 12 of 14 hits on 65 fields through five innings and did not allow a run, but the sixth spoiled his outing somewhat.

Three Straight Royals hitters grabbed his shutout. Cobb was drawn with just one run on the board, but he was billed for two more runs when Jorge Soler played against Steve Cishek.

That shortened the lead to 4-3, but then Shohei Ohtani brought the pillow back to the top of the seventh with a two-part double from the base of the right field fence. The ball left the club at 119 mph, making it the Majors’ hardest hit ball of the season.

« I have my lower body there, it’s strong, » Ohtani said through his interpreter. « That’s the biggest difference to last year. If it had been last year, I wouldn’t have been able to pull this ball so hard. »

Ohtani also had a bloop double and finished ninth in another run. Ohtani leads the Angels with 11 RBIs this season, along with an average of 0.333 and 1.109 OPS.

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« It covers a lot of different pitches, » said Maddon. « He’s covering the high fastball. He’s covering now. He’s not chasing like he used to. So it’s just a matter of time. He’s going to do a nice little streak and they’re going to just start popping because the swing has that kind of force has behind him.  »

Mike Trout followed in ninth with a split home run, his fourth homer of the season, to give the Angels a comfortable lead.

Catcher Max Stassi was removed with a left thumb irritation in the seventh inning after being hit by a lazy point in the first inning.

Stassi said the X-rays were negative after the game and he will have an MRI on Tuesday.

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