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Offbeat Shohei Ohtani set to return to mound Sunday for Angels

04:45  06 may  2018
04:45  06 may  2018 Source:   msn.com

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Ohtani has not pitched in a game since June 6 due to an elbow issue.

OAKLAND — Back on the mound after nearly 23 months, Shohei Ohtani hardly felt comfortable. Ohtani didn’t record an out in his long-awaited return to the mound for the Angels , allowing the first six Oakland batters to reach base before his day was done in a 6-4 loss to the Athletics on Sunday .

Los Angeles Angels' Shohei Ohtani, right, and former Seattle Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, left, share a light moment during a practice session Friday May 4, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. Suzuki was released May 4, 2018 by the Mariners and was shifting into a front office role with the team, although he is not completely shutting the door on playing again. (Shizuka Minami/Kyodo News via AP) © Provided by Associated Press Los Angeles Angels' Shohei Ohtani, right, and former Seattle Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, left, share a light moment during a practice session Friday May 4, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. Suzuki was released May 4, 2018 by the Mariners and was shifting into a front office role with the team, although he is not completely shutting the door on playing again. (Shizuka Minami/Kyodo News via AP) SEATTLE (AP) -- Shohei Ohtani is set to make his return to the mound after being announced as the Los Angeles Angels' starter for Sunday's series finale against Seattle.

The Angels listed Ohtani as the starter on prior to Saturday's game. He went through a bullpen session on Friday and came out of that without issue. Manager Mike Scioscia said after Friday's game that all signs were pointing to Ohtani making the start but the team wanted to wait till Saturday before making it official.

It sets up an enticing pitching matchup with Felix Hernandez set to get the start for Seattle.

Ohtani had been scheduled to start earlier this week before a mild ankle sprain pushed back his turn in the rotation. Ohtani is 2-1 with a 4.43 ERA in four starts. He's struck out 26 batters in 20 1/3 innings.

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After Ohtani dazzles Twins, Angels rally late for 2-1 win .
Shohei Ohtani struck out 11 while pitching three-hit ball into the seventh inning, and Zack Cozart got a walk-off RBI single in the Los Angeles Angels' 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Sunday. Chris Young was hit by a pitch from Zach Duke (2-2) leading off the ninth. After Martin Maldonado bunted Young to second, Cozart cracked his second game-ending hit of the season into left field, where Eddie Rosario couldn't field it cleanly for a throw to the plate.BOX SCORE: ANGELS 2, TWINS 1Although neither got a decision, two promising rookie pitchers put on a tantalizing duel at the Big A.

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