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Angels expect Shohei Ohtani to make MLB debut against Oakland Athletics

Angels expect Shohei Ohtani to make MLB debut against Oakland Athletics

If the Angels stick to their plan with Shohei Ohtani, he’ll be making his big-league pitching debut without much big-league exposure.

His final Arizona start is scheduled for late Saturday morning in a scrimmage against mostly Angels minor leaguers.

That means the rookie would be starting during the season-opening series in Oakland having secured only eight outs in two Cactus League games.

Ohtani’s other starts this spring have come in a “B” game against the Milwaukee Brewers and an exhibition against the Tijuana Toros of the Mexican League.

His two major league games came Feb. 24 and March 16. Ohtani pitched 1 1/3 innings in each, retiring eight...

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