Baseball: Ohtani likely to pitch on Opening Day: Angels manager

Los Angeles Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani is likely to pitch on Opening Day for the second straight year, manager Phil Nevin revealed Wednesday.

Nevin also said in Tempe, Arizona, on the team's first workout day for pitchers and catchers that Ohtani will be limited to a starter's role when he pitches for Japan in the March 8-21 World Baseball Classic.

If things go as planned, Ohtani will start against the Oakland Athletics on March 30 at Oakland Coliseum after returning from the WBC.

On Wednesday, Ohtani began his sixth major league spring training, working mainly on pitching on Day 1 and throwing 37 pitches in the bullpen.

Nevin also said he expects Ohtani's first spring training outing on the mound to be on March 1 against the Milwaukee Brewers in Tempe before he heads to Japan to join his WBC teammates.

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