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Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, California  Attendance: 9,169

Angels' Shohei Ohtani to make delayed start against Rays

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Tampa Bay Rays at Los Angeles Angels

  1. Tampa Bay is 14-5 in its last 19 meetings with the Angels going back to May 2017, not losing back-to-back games in the series over that stretch. Tampa Bay has scored two or more runs in all 19 games, averaging 5.4.
  2. The Rays went 4-6 on their just-completed 10-game homestand. Nine of the 10 games -- and 10 of Tampa Bay's last 11 -- were decided by one or two runs.
  3. The Angels were shut out for the first time this season Sunday in Seattle, 2-0, and matched a season low with five hits. They are the only MLB team with at least five hits in every game this season, and lead the majors with a .262 team batting average.
  4. Mike Trout leads all MLB qualifiers in batting average (.413), on-base percentage (.515) and OPS (1.290). That OPS is the highest by an Angel all-time through the team's first 26 games of the season (minimum 75 PA).
  5. Shohei Ohtani has 23 strikeouts in 13.2 innings, the best strikeout rate among American League pitchers with at least three starts (15.1 K per 9 IP). He's also tied for second in the AL with eight home runs.
  6. Tyler Glasnow ranks third in the AL with a 1.67 ERA and first with a .144 batting average allowed. His five starts of at least 5.0 innings and one or zero runs allowed are tied with Yu Darvish (SD) and Kevin Gausman (SF) for the most in the majors.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 5/3/2021 thru 5/6/2021
(AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Shohei Ohtani will start on the mound for the Los Angeles Angels against the Tampa Bay Rays in Anaheim, Calif., on Wednesday night, two days after being scratched because of a sore right elbow.

Ohtani (1-0, 3.29 ERA) was hit by a pitch on the elbow Sunday but remained in the game and even stole two bases.

But Angels manager Joe Maddon decided that Ohtani would not pitch Monday against the Rays, though he did play in the game as the designated hitter and had a home run and double.

"He felt good (Monday)," Maddon said. "We wanted to make sure he went out there again and threw a little bit more (Tuesday). He was really eager to pitch (Wednesday). Like we've done everything else conversationally, I'm letting him tell me how he feels, then we're going to make our decision; so he feels really good for (Wednesday)."

Maddon hasn't announced if Ohtani also will hit in the lineup, but he usually leaves the decision up to Ohtani.

Ohtani will need a better defensive effort from the Angels than they turned in Tuesday night, when they lost the second straight in their four-game series with the Rays. The Angels made four errors, leading to three unearned runs in an 8-3 loss.

"We haven't been good," Maddon said. "We're absolutely better than that. You're talking about three really good defenders making mistakes tonight. I really feel that's going to go away. I want to believe it's an anomaly moment. I know we're better than that."

The Angels have lost three in a row and nine of 13.

Rays manager Kevin Cash said his team, which had lost three of four before arriving in Anaheim, can impact opposing defenses.

"We'll take anything right now, but it is encouraging to see the guys not take anything for granted and just put pressure on the defense," he said. "You want to be viewed as a team that's constant pressure, and we have the team to do that."

The Rays have 15 runs in the first two games of the series. On Tuesday night, Austin Meadows homered twice and drove in a career-high five runs. Kevin Kiermaier drove in two runs with a double.

Tampa Bay was forced to shuffle its pitching staff again after right-hander Michael Wacha felt tightness in his hamstring while running in the outfield before Monday's game. He was placed on the 10-day injured list. Right-hander Collin McHugh, who was out with a back strain, was activated to take Wacha's spot on the roster.

On Wednesday, Cash will turn to righty Andrew Kittredge (3-0, 1.54) as an opener, and he likely will be followed by left-hander Ryan Yarbrough.

Kittredge has been a valuable part of the Tampa Bay pitching staff in 2021. He's appeared in nine games (one start) and has a save. In 11 2/3 innings, he's given up two runs on six hits with three walks and eight strikeouts. Batters are hitting a meager .146 against him.

--Field Level Media

Updated May 5, 2021

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