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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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Yankees’ Luis Severino Alters Diet to Improve Late-Season Energy

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New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino will be entering an important season as he tries to prove that he is a legit ace for a team that bolstered it’s starting rotation this offseason.

And that means a change in his diet.

Severino has altered his diet, cutting a number of snacks, including his favorite twice-fried plantains, out of his diet in an effort to avoid late-season fatigue.

“It’s not easy, it’s tough” Severino said, according to ESPN’s Coley Harvey.

“When you are at the finish line and you feel like you need a little bit more than five days to be ready, you know that something’s going on,” Severino said.

Severino made the decision to change his diet following the Yankees’ Divisional Series lost to World Series Champions the Boston Red Sox.

“Even though I feel like he was certainly healthy, he probably dealt with some fatigue issues with being a young pitcher in this league, and for the second consecutive year kind of getting around that 200-inning standpoint,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.

“But in a lot of ways, we saw the normal progression of a young star pitcher. And even though he had some struggles in the second half, he had some flashes where he pitched really well for us, righted the ship a little bit.”

Severino still could be the starter on Opening Day.

“I would say there’s a very good chance of that,” Boone said. “We hadn’t had those kind of conversations exactly yet. But my expectation is that he would be that guy.”

Severino noted that the diet change was hard.

“I hate eating vegetables,” Severino said.


Where I came from, we just eat anything we see in the fridge, fried and fast food,” Severino said. “But we’re eating more vegetables and stuff like that, and get your body going faster and then recover fast. So that’s my main stuff, focusing on my workouts and avoiding doing a lot of weights that maybe make me a lot more tired.”

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Yankees Keeping Tabs on Manny Machado

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Don’t completely count the New York Yankees out of the Manny Machado sweepstakes just yet, because they are simply playing the waiting game.

According to SNY.tv’s Andy Martino, the Yankees are keeping tabs on Machado with the hopes that a golden opportunity arises.

While they aren’t interested in Machado at shortstop, they would play him at third base and move Miguel Andujar to first base should they be able to haul in Machado.

While nothing is imminent, and even though the report states that a deal is unlikely, there is no counting the Yankees out of it just yet as Spring Training approaches.

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Athletics Sign Brett Anderson

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The Oakland Athletics have agreed to terms with left hander Brett Anderson, according to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser.

Anderson is taking a physical on Tuesday.

Anderson pitched to the tune of a 4.48 ERA for the A’s last season.

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