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Dodgers’ Shohei Ohtani Set for Reunion with Angels

Shohei Ohtani will play against his old group in a standard season match interestingly as the Los Angeles Dodgers take on the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night.

The versatile Japanese player Ohtani signed a historic 10-year, $700 million contract with the Dodgers as a free agent last offseason after winning two unanimous MVP awards in his six seasons with the Angels.

Anticipating the Reunion

Ohtani said he is looking forward to the matchup but also allowed the bigger occasion will be September 3- 4 when the Dodgers visit Angel Stadium for a two- game series in Anaheim.

Being in his former home ballpark is when Ohtani expects the emotions to kick in, he said Thursday through an interpreter.

” I believe more so when I go to Anaheim,” Ohtani said.” But since we are playing at Dodger Stadium, I am just going to be concentrated on playing the game.”

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Ohtani said he has paid attention to the Angels” here and there” this season.

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Dodgers director Dave Roberts said of Ohtani,” I suppose that he’s grateful for his time in Anaheim, grateful for the fans. And I think he just wants to help the Dodgers win, but I think he wants to get it over with.”

Ohtani’s Recent Performance

Ohtani warmed up for this two- game set against the Angels by slugging his National League- leading 21st homer of the season Thursday afternoon during the Dodgers’ 5- 3 victory over the Colorado Rockies in Denver.

Ohtani has hit four homers in his once five games. He’s 8- for- 18(.444) with two homers and seven RBIs in four games since moving into the leadoff spot to replace Mookie Betts( broken left hand).

” He is great everywhere, he is going to hit,” Dodgers first baseman Freddie Freeman said of Ohtani.” It does not matter where that guy hits, he is going to hit.”

Shohei Ohtani

Freeman and Will Smith also homered on Thursday as the Dodgers completed the series with three victories in four games.

Challenges for the Angels

The Angels were off Thursday after losing two of three to the visiting Milwaukee Brewers earlier this week.

It has been a tough season for the Angels, who are 16 games below .500 after losing Ohtani’s bat and pitching arm and having the services of Mike Trout (left knee surgery) for just 29 games.

The bats were silent Wednesday when the Angels managed just four hits while falling 2-0 to the Brewers. None of the hits were for extra bases and the Angels were hitless in seven at-bats with runners in scoring position.

“We just came out on the wrong end,” Angels manager said of the pitching duel. “We had opportunities.”

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Pitching Matchups

Left- hander Patrick Sandoval( 2- 8,5.24 ERA) starts for the Angels on Friday, looking for his first victory since May 7.

Sandoval, 27, is 0- 3 with a5.63 ERA over his last seven starts despite allowing one run twice and two runs on another occasion.

He entered a no- decision against the San Francisco Giants on Saturday when he gave up three runs and eight hits over five innings.

Sandoval is 0- 3 with a5.40 ERA in five appearances( four starts) against the Dodgers. Will Smith is 2- for- 3 with a walk against Sandoval.

The Dodgers will recall right- hander Landon Knack( 1- 1,2.61) from Triple- A Oklahoma City to start Friday’s game.

Knack, 26, made three starts in April and another in May for the Dodgers, allowing just 14 hits in202/3 innings. In 10 games( nine starts) for Oklahoma City, he’s 3- 2 with a3.54 ERA. He has yet to face the Angels.

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While getting ready to play against his old team, Ohtani’s performance and the emotions of the reunion will be in the spotlight. The Dodgers will depend on Ohtani’s skill and current strong performance, while the Angels look to improve their difficult season. Both teams are hungry for a win, making this game an exciting and dramatic event for fans of both sides.

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