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Angels’ Shohei Ohtani set to return to mound Sunday against Mariners

The Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, right, and former Seattle Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, left, share a light moment during batting practice Friday May 4, 2018 in Seattle. (Shizuka Minami / Kyodo News)
The Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, right, and former Seattle Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, left, share a light moment during batting practice Friday May 4, 2018 in Seattle. (Shizuka Minami / Kyodo News)
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SEATTLE – 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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