Sport Maddon prefers Angels 'go play baseball' against Astros
Maddon: Shohei Ohtani won't pitch again for Angels this year
Shohei Ohtani won't pitch again this season for the Los Angeles Angels after straining his right forearm in his second start, manager Joe Maddon says. Ohtani likely will return to the Angels' lineup as their designated hitter this week, Maddon said Tuesday night before the club opened a road series against the Seattle Mariners. The Angels' stance on Ohtani is unsurprising after the club announced he had strained the flexor pronator mass near the elbow of his pitching arm. The two-way star's recovery from the strain requires him to abstain from throwing for four to six weeks, which covers most of the shortened 2020 season.
Los Angeles Angels manager Joe Maddon awaits the arrival of reigning American League champion Houston this weekend and doesn't plan to recreate the drama that played out between the Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers this week.
Friday is the first meeting between the American League West division foes since the Astros were found guilty of a sign-stealing ploy that helped the team beat the Dodgers in the 2017 World Series.
Sho No! Angels’ Ohtani doesn’t record out in return to mound
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani didn't record an out in the two-way star's long-awaited return to the mound for the Los Angeles 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. The right-hander from Japan gave up Marcus Semien's leadoff single and three straight walks before a mound visit and Mark Canha's two-run single. Robbie Grossman singled in another run, and Angels manager Joe Maddon replaced Ohtani (0-1) with Matt Andriese down 4-0.The Angels wasted a big day by Mike Trout, who hit a three-run homer in the third and a sacrifice fly in the fifth.
Maddon said the Angels weren't directly impacted by the Astros' scandal.
"We've talked about playing baseball, straight up," Maddon said. "That's what I'm anticipating. That's all I'm looking for. What happened (Tuesday), if you were immediately impacted by (the sign stealing), I could get it a little bit. But then you saw the commissioner's response, regarding what happened. So you got to choose the method you want to incorporate, and I would prefer that we just go play baseball."
Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly drew an eight-game suspension for throwing behind Astros third baseman Alex Bregman, then going inside on Carlos Correa, before shouting at Correa and making a mocking facial expression that led to both benches clearing.
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Astros, Athletics clear benches after Laureano hit .
The Houston Astros were involved in a bench-clearing incident for the second time this season on Sunday after Oakland Athletics batter Ramon Laureano was hit by a pitch and charged the dugout. Kelly had triggered a bench-clearing standoff after appearing to aim two pitches at Astros batters. Major League Baseball has warned teams against physical confrontations this year, citing the risks of COVID-19.Players across the league had voiced their frustration at the punishment meted out to the Astros over their sign-stealing cheating scandal.