LEADING OFF: Many happy returns to MLB mounds

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Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco delivers during baseball practice, Monday, July 6, 2020, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

A look at what’s happening around the majors Sunday:


Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani is set to make his first appearance on the mound since Sept. 2, 2018, after not pitching all last season following elbow surgery. Ohtani is under no restrictions when he faces the Athletics in Oakland.

“It’s a little mix of everything, some worries, some excitement,” Ohtani said through a translator. “There won’t be fans so that will be weird, too.”

Ohtani was the Angels’ designated hitter in the season opener Friday night and didn’t play Saturday.

Mike Fiers will start for the A’s in his first appearance since revealing to The Athletic in November that his former team, the Houston Astros, had stolen signs using a camera in center field during their run to the 2017 World Series championship.


Carlos Carrasco’s inspirational comeback reaches another milestone as the Indians right-hander makes his first start since May 30 last season, shortly before he was diagnosed with leukemia.