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Angels star Shohei Ohtani draws ultimate 7-word praise from Red Sox manager Alex Cora

Los Angeles Angels, Boston Red Sox, Alex Cora, Shohei Othtani

When discussion on just who is the best athlete in the world today springs up, the likes of Lionel Messi, LeBron James and Tom Brady are the usual names who have been brought up. But as of late, Los Angeles Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani has earned plenty of recognition to be the top sportsman today.

For Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora, he has been left in awe of Ohtani’s performances over the past year.

“He’s the best athlete in the world,” Cora said after Boston’s 5-2 loss to the Angels on Thursday.

In need of a victory amid the Angels’ 14-game losing streak, Ohtani shined in Thursday’s series finale against the Red Sox. The reigning American League MVP Award winner earned a start on the mound and at the plate in the contest. He rose to the occasion with a 394-foot, two-run home run in the sixth inning that provided the Angels with the lead for good, and he also allowed a mere one earned run over seven innings of work.

From the trio of 100 mph-plus pitches recorded to the 18 swings and misses logged on the day, Ohtani once again had his way against the vaunted Red Sox lineup.

A crucial three-game homestand against the New York Mets awaits the Angels up next. The current NL East leaders enter this series after having dropped back-to-back road games to the San Diego Padres earlier this week.