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Sunday’s Angels-Royals game postponed due to inclement weather

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If you were hoping to catch Shohei Ohtani take the mound for his third pitching appointment of the season, well, come back on Tuesday. Sunday’s series finale between the Royals and Angels has been added to an ever-expanding list of postponements this weekend due to inclement weather. (Remember, Mike Trout hit a home run while it was snowing yesterday!)

The make-up game has been scheduled for Monday, June 25. The Angels will shoehorn the contest into their 11-day road trip through Boston, Baltimore and Seattle, while the Royals will be forced to fly back home for the game between road games in Houston and Milwaukee. As for Ohtani, the 23-year-old two-way player will get his next official start on Tuesday evening against the Red Sox’ David Price. Per a team announcement, southpaw Tyler Skaggs and right-hander Nick Tropeano will handle the remaining two games against the Sox.

Sunday’s postponement follows similar announcements for the Blue Jays/Indians, Yankees/Tigers, White Sox/Twins and Braves/Cubs games. Only 10 games will be played today.

Joe Girardi steps down as manager of USA Baseball

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Baseball is an Olympic sport once again and USA Baseball begins the road to qualifying for the 2020 Games in just a couple of weeks. They’ll be doing it with a new manager, though, as current team USA manager Joe Girardi has stepped down from the role in order to concentrate on his quest to return to managing in the big leagues.

Girardi has interviewed for the Cubs job already and is candidate for the openings with the Mets and the Phillies. His stepping down from the Olympic job suggests that he thinks he stands a pretty good chance of getting one of the seven current openings around the game. Or, at the very least, that he wishes to show clubs with openings that he’s serious.

Girardi will be replaced by Scott Brosius, who was poised to be Girardi’s bench coach with Team USA.

The team begins training in Arizona on October 21. It begins playing qualifier games in early November in Mexico. Eventually, the 2020 Olympic Games will feature a six-nation field.