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Shohei Ohtani to make start against Giants, hitting second on Wednesday

The AL MVP candidate will be making his career-high 11th start in a daytime showdown against Kevin Gausman and the San Francisco Giants.

Shohei Ohtani (17) of the Los Angeles Angels seen in the first inning while playing the San Francisco Giants on June 22, 2021 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA. Photo by John McCoy/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Shohei Ohtani will be making his 11th pitching start for the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday afternoon at 4:07 p.m. ET against the San Francisco Giants. The game will air on Bally Sports West, NBC Sports California, MLB Network, the MLB app, and

Ohtani will also be making some history at the plate. For the first time, an AL team will have a pitcher batting instead of using the designated hitter while the NL team is using the DH.

Ohtani has wheeling and dealing on the mound for the Angels this season, which is what they need to help an average at best starting rotation. The 26-year-old is making his 11th start this season, which surpasses the total starts (10) he had in his rookie season in 2018. The two-way star has a 3-1 record, 2.70 ERA, along with recording 73 strikeouts in 53.1 IP for the Angels.

The AL MVP candidate is already off to a great start this month with a 2-0 record, 2.65 ERA, 23 strikeouts, and 3 walks through three outings. In his last start against the Detroit Tigers, Ohtani only allowed 5 hits (1 HR), 1 earned run, 1 walk, and still managed 5 strikeouts in 6.0 IP. He’s also been swinging a hot bat at the plate this month, slashing .286/.429/.786 with 8 HRs and 14 RBI.