HEADLINER: Ohtani, leader of the MLB home run on the Oakland Mound
By the associated press
A look at what’s going on around the majors on Monday:
Major league home run leader Shohei Ohtani is set to pitch for the Angels in his first outing since pulling off a perfect first inning in the All-Star Game.
The two-way star hit his 34th home run on Sunday in a 7-4 loss to Seattle.
Ohtani (4-1, 3.49 ERA) is expected to start when Los Angeles embarks on a six-game road trip in Oakland.
NO DERBY DOWNER
Some players have refused to participate in the All-Star Home Run Derby over the years because they say the effort can wear them down and destroy their swing.
This is not the case for Juan Soto.
The Washington star has hit three home runs in three games since appearing in the Derby on Tuesday night at Coors Field. Soto connected on Sunday in an 8-7 win over the Padres.
Soto is hoping to keep his momentum going when the Nationals open a home series against Miami.
AL ERA frontman Lance Lynn is making his first departure for the White Sox since signing a two-year, $ 38 million contract until 2023.
The 34-year-old star is 9-3 with a 1.99 ERA in 16 starts. It was acquired in a trade with Texas in December against pitchers Dane Dunning and Avery Weems.
Lynn and his Chicago teammates hold an eight-game lead at AL Central before a home doubles program against Minnesota. Lynn will start the opener.
San Diego right-hander Yu Darvish (7-3, 3.09 ERA) is expected to drop off the injured list to start in Atlanta. He came out with an inflamed left hip.
Darvish is 0-3 with a 6.62 ERA in four starts against the Braves.
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