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Two-way star Shohei Ohtani threw a 99-mile-per-hour (159 kilometers-per-hour) pitch in his first mound appearance of 2022 in the Los Angeles Angels’ 8-5 preseason loss to the Kansas City Royals at Tempe Diablo Stadium on Monday.

The reigning American League MVP said he was working more on refining his mechanics than increasing his speed, saying the only time he threw hard is when he tried to be aggressive in two-strike counts.

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