Angels’ Shohei Ohtani expects to be past blister issues

first_imgUP NEXTAngels (Andrew Heaney, 0-1, 9.64) vs. Yankees (Luis Severino, 4-1, 2.32), Friday, 7 p.m., Fox Sports West, KLAA (830 AM) HOUSTON — The Blister Watch could be over.A day after Shohei Ohtani threw 98 pitches without issue, Manager Mike Scioscia said Ohtani is confident he will not have a problem with the blister again this season.Scioscia said Ohtani told him the skin has now toughened to a callus, which is a good sign based on his history.“Shohei really feels if he goes out and pitches and it feels good, then it doesn’t bother him the whole season,” Scioscia said. Scioscia would not confirm when Ohtani’s next start will be, but if they stay on the current schedule he would pitch Tuesday at home against the Baltimore Orioles.Ohtani would then be available to hit all three days against the New York Yankees this weekend. The Yankees are starting Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka and CC Sabathia, in that order.Obviously, if Ohtani starts at DH against Tanaka on Saturday, it would be a mega-event in Japan. Ohtani is more likely to start Friday and Saturday, against the right-handed pitchers, than Sunday against the left-handed Sabathia.ALSOBlake Wood (elbow impingement) and Matt Shoemaker (strained forearm) are making progress, Scioscia said Wednesday. Shoemaker has been throwing, but he’s not ready to get on the mound. Wood is expected to be back in about a week. …The Angels used all six of their allotted mound visits for the first time Tuesday night. The visits are limited as part of baseball’s new rules to improve the pace of play. Scioscia said the Angels have had no issues with the rules. Although they played the final two innings with no remaining visits, he said they wouldn’t have done anything differently. They used four in the seventh inning alone, three with rookie Justin Anderson on the mound. “Even though we rifled through them, they were all necessary,” Scioscia said. “I think they did have an impact on things. Justin Anderson was a little sideways on things and was able to finish the inning.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Anthony Davis trade makes Lakers new 2020 NBA title favorites

first_img LeBron James reacts to Anthony Davis trade: ‘Just the beginning’ The NBA will look a lot different next season with Anthony Davis in Los Angeles.After news broke of the Lakers’ blockbuster trade, Las Vegas oddsmakers released updated championship odds for next season. Many sportsbooks believe Los Angeles now has the best chance to win the 2020 NBA title, just days after the Raptors took home their first championship in franchise history.  The Westgate Superbook notes the Lakers now have the best odds at 3-1, while the Warriors — riddled with injuries and facing questions about Kevin Durant’s free agency — are tied with the 76ers for sixth with 12-1 odds.2019-20 NBA Championship winner updatedLAL 3/1Mil 6/1LAC 7/1Hou 8/1Tor 10/1GS, Phi 12/1Bos, Den 16/1OKC 20/1Bkn 25/1Utah, Por 30/1Dal 40/1NY 50/1SA, Ind, NO 60/1Orl, Atl 80/1Mem, Chi, Sac, Phx 100/1Det, Cha, Mia, Wsh, Cle, Min 200/1— Jeff Sherman (@golfodds) June 15, 2019It should also be noted the Bucks are projected to be second at 6-1. The Clippers are sitting third at 7-1 as many expect a big move for them during free agency, while the Rockets are 8-1. The defending champion Raptors round out the top five at 10-1.  Related News Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart seem happy Lakers traded them to Pelicans The updated odds come after the Lakers traded Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, Lonzo Ball and three first-round draft picks, including the No. 4 pick in this year’s draft, according to ESPN. The first-round picks extend as far as an unprotected swap in 2025.last_img read more