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Angels host Rays, Shohei Ohtani scratched from start

Field Level Media
04 May 2021, 05:55 GMT+10

Shohei Ohtani will not make his scheduled fourth start of the season Monday night when the Los Angeles Angels begin a four-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays in Anaheim, Calif.

The Angels' right-hander was hit by a 93 mph fastball on his pitching elbow in a 2-0 loss to the Seattle Mariners on Sunday but remained in the game. Manager Joe Maddon said after the game that Ohtani was sore.

Jose Quintana (0-2) will be moved up a day to pitch for the Angels.

It's unclear if Ohtani will be in the lineup at all.

On the mound, there hasn't been a discernible difference from when Ohtani (1-0, 3.29 ERA) hits in the lineup or doesn't hit. He got his only victory in his most recent start when he gave up four first-inning runs against Texas on April 26 but nothing more and completed five innings, striking out a season-best nine, all while going 2 for 3 at the plate.

Right-hander Tyler Glasnow (3-1, 1.67) will be on the mound for Tampa Bay. He is coming off one of his best starts of the season last Wednesday when he threw seven scoreless innings, allowing five hits and striking out 10 against Oakland.

He's allowed one run or less in five of his six starts, the only blemish on his record coming April 23 when he gave up five runs in six innings against Toronto.

"Basically every time he pitches, it's just pretty remarkable stuff, the way he's able to repeat it," Rays manager Kevin Cash said.

While Glasnow is capable of hitting 100 mph on the radar gun, Rays catcher Mike Zunino said much of Glasnow's success can be attributed to his willingness to mix in his slider, curveball and changeup.

"It just opened up his menu of pitches, and it's kept guys on their toes," Zunino said. "If he's coming with an off-speed pitch, it just throws guys off a little bit, and they still have to respect 97-plus."

Glasnow has made two career starts against the Angels, going 0-0 with a 1.50 ERA.

--Field Level Media

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