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Angels’ Shohei Ohtani To Make 1st Start As Pitcher On Sunday

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Los Angeles Angels prized free agent signee Shohei Ohtani has been absolutely atrocious this spring causing plenty of valid criticism.

This Sunday, Ohtani gets his first official MLB start as the Angels take on the Oakland Athletics, Angels’ manager Mike Scioscia said Tuesday night (h/t ESPN).

“We could have shuffled things in a lot of different ways,” Scioscia said when discussing the Angel’s rotation. “This makes the most sense for where we are right now. We’ll adjust as we have to as we move through the season.”

Ohtani could also be plugged into the lineup before his start, as a designated hitter.

Scioscia called Ohtani’s last outing, in which he struggled en route to issuing 5 walks, a “great outing.”

“There were some things he was working on, he’s trying to nail down,” Scioscia said after Ohtani’s start. “When it’s in sync, [his fastball] comes out hot. Early on, it was somewhat erratic. He’s working on some things. He’ll be fine.”

Ohtani was asked if he had wished that he faced more major league hitters before coming over from Japan this winter.

“Of course, in a perfect world, I would’ve like to have faced more major league hitters, but it’s more than that,” he said Saturday through his translator. “It’s also about me making adjustments with the mound and the ball and all that. It didn’t really matter who I faced. I just had to check with my own stuff, mechanics [and] timing.”

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Red Sox Designate Eduardo Nunez For Assignment

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Eduardo Nunez

The Boston Red Sox have designated infielder Eduardo Nunez for assignment, according to a team announcement on Monday.

Boston also optioned right hander Hector Velazquez to Triple A Pawtucket.

In corresponding moves, the Red Sox have called up right hander Ryan Weber and first basemen/outfielder Sam Travis from Triple A.

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Royals Considered Likely to be Moving Billy Hamilton, Terrance Gore

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Billy Hamilton

As the trade deadline approaches, the Kansas City Royals may be ready to enter sale mode.

According to MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan, the Royals may be moving both Billy Hamilton and Terrance Gore, who has already been designated for assignment.

Hamilton has been dropped to a backup role following the Royals call up of top prospect Bubba Starling, and hasn’t started a game since July 3rd.

Hamilton has posted a .217/.284/.271 slash line this season.

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Orioles’ Mychal Givens Drawing Trade Interest

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Mychal Givens

The Baltimore Orioles are again going to be sellers at the trade deadline and it appears that closer Mychal Givens is available, and drawing interest, according to MASNSports’ Rock Kubatko.

Per the report, the Washington Nationals and the Philadelphia Phillies have expressed interest in the pitcher.

Givens has posted a 4.50 ERA this season for Baltimore.

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