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Shohei Ohtani to DH for Angels on Opening Day

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The Angels are going to take on the Athletics in Oakland this afternoon and they’ll have their most talked-about new player in the Opening Day lineup: Shohei Ohtani will DH and bat eighth.

The plan heading into the season is for him to bat a couple of times a week. Might as well break the seal on Day 1. Ohtani struggled at the plate in spring training but he begins with a clean slate.

In other Angels news, new second baseman Ian Kinsler will not be in the lineup. He’s suffering from a groin ailment. It’s not expected to be serious, but it’s enough to keep him off the field today.

Marcus Stroman: Blue Jays are “f– terrible”

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Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman strugged in Sunday afternoon’s start against the Red Sox, yielding four runs (three earned) over five innings. He fell to 2-7 with a 5.86 ERA. The Jays dropped three of four games to the Sox in the series and now sit with a 43-52 record heading into the All-Star break.

Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun reports that while Stroman was initially cool, calm, and collected when speaking to the media after the game, he eventually snapped. Stroman was asked by a reporter about breaking into professional baseball with short-season Single-A Vancouver in 2012. Stroman yelled at the reporter, noting that his team had just lost to the Red Sox, and called his team “f– terrible.” Keegan Matheson’s account of the situation lines up with Buffery’s as well.

Prior to the outburst, Stroman had just praised his teammates, saying, “My team picks me up a ton. They pick me up all year. I should be able to pitch better in times like that when my team doesn’t have my back. Because they’ve had my back a ton of times. So, love my guys on my team and like I said, I would go to war with them any day.”

Stroman will have off until Friday, so hopefully the time off helps him clear his mind. It has understandably been a frustrating season in Toronto.