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Los Angeles Angels vs. Detroit Tigers Pick & Prediction AUGUST 21st 2022

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Eduardo Rodriguez will make his long-awaited return to the mound for the host Detroit Tigers on Sunday.

He'll oppose Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani in the finale of a three-game series.

Rodriguez was signed to a five-year, $77 million contract as a free agent last offseason to be one of the Tigers' top starters, if not their ace.

Following eight unimpressive starts, Rodriguez (1-3, 4.38 ERA) was sidelined in May by a rib-cage strain. After he recovered from the injury, Rodriguez left the team and was placed on the restricted list due to marital issues.

It turned out to be a lengthy absence.

"It was difficult to step away from what I've been through my whole career, my teammates and everything," Rodriguez said. "But for me, family is always first. My second family is my teammates and this organization. They've given me the opportunity to be here, and I am back here now with my second family. Mentally, physically, I feel good to be back here."

Rodriguez prepared physically for his return by making three minor league starts this month, including a six-inning stint with Triple-A Toledo on Tuesday. He struck out 11 Columbus batters and allowed only one run.

"We've missed him, we've missed his production on the field," Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said. "That's why we signed him. But like I said, it's OK to have multiple emotions. There is no way we don't feel bad for him, and there is no way we don't feel bad for ourselves missing out on a good pitcher for so long."

Rodriguez addressed his major league teammates regarding his personal situation last week.

"It's a difficult situation for him and for everybody," Hinch said. "And it's personal. He did an incredible job of re-entering our team. But with anything in life, actions are going to back that up. This is a life experience he's going through, and it is tough. He's very vulnerable, standing in front of those guys and saying the things he said that are private. It's tough, and I applaud him for having the perspective to do that. We are glad to have him back."

Rodriguez is 1-2 with a 9.24 ERA in three career starts against the Angels.

Ohtani (10-7, 2.69) has pitched six innings in each of his last two starts, most recently against Seattle on Monday. He allowed two runs and seven hits and struck out eight.

Ohtani has added a two-seam fastball to a repertoire that includes a four-seamer, slider, splitter, curveball and cutter.

"The biggest flaw for me (Monday) was throwing too many balls. I was messing with my (two-seamer) playing catch and in bullpens," Ohtani said through an interpreter. "I felt it was time to break it out."

He is 2-0 with a 1.42 ERA in three career starts against Detroit.

Ohtani had two hits and a run on Saturday, though he also fouled a ball off his foot and struck out in his last at-bat during the Angels' 4-3 loss to the Tigers.

Los Angeles' Mike Trout went hitless in four at-bats in his second game since coming off the injured list. The Angels scored all of their runs in the first three innings.

Reid Detmers gave up all of Detroit's runs.

"We hit some balls hard," Angels interim manager Phil Nevin said. "He (Detroit starter Tyler Alexander) settled in, and Reid didn't. That's kind of the difference in the game."

--Field Level Media

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Los Angeles Angels vs. Detroit Tigers Recap AUG 21TH 2022

Eduardo Rodriguez pitched five scoreless innings in his first major league start since May 18, Riley Greene hit a leadoff homer and the host Detroit Tigers blanked the Los Angeles Angels 4-0 on Sunday afternoon.

Rodriguez (2-3) gave up four hits and three walks and struck out five. He had a stint on the injured list with a rib cage injury, then was placed on the restricted list for personal reasons.

Will Vest, Jason Foley, Andrew Chafin and Gregory Soto each tossed an inning of relief to complete the shutout.

Greene reached base four times and scored two runs. Victor Reyes drove in a pair of runs.

Angels starter Shohei Ohtani (10-8), who was battling a stomach virus, gave up three runs on five hits and four walks in four innings. He was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the fifth. Mike Trout reached base three times, including two hits.

Greene slammed Ohtani's first offering well over the right-center field wall.

The Tigers had a chance to build on that lead in the second. Willi Castro led off with a double and Akil Baddoo reached on a two-out infield single. Greene walked to load the bases but Reyes grounded out.

The Angels had two baserunners with one out in the third. Rodriguez then struck out Ohtani before Greene, playing center field, robbed Luis Rengifo of a run-scoring hit with a diving catch.

Reyes made a big defensive play in right field in the next inning, leaping at the wall to steal a home run away from Taylor Ward.

Ohtani encountered trouble in the fourth, walking both Baddoo and Greene with two outs after getting ahead 0-2 in each at-bat. Reyes smacked a triple to give Detroit a 3-0 lead.

Detroit increased its lead to 4-0 against Jimmy Herget in the fifth. Castro was hit by a pitch with two down and Kody Clemens drilled a run-scoring double.

The Angels also left two baserunners in the fifth. Jo Adell had a two-out triple in the eighth but Chafin struck out Jared Walsh to keep Los Angeles scoreless.

--Field Level Media

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