Angels starter Shohei Ohtani continued his spring troubles on Saturday in his final tune-up before the regular season. Angels manager Mike Scioscia called it a "great outing" for the young Japanese pitcher.
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Shohehi Ohtani unofficially threw 85 pitches in a game against Angels minor leaguers on Saturday. His command was off early though manager Mike Scioscia said he was "working on some things." He was up and down 6 times but did not pitch a full 6 innings. He walked 5, hit a batter and threw 2 wild pitches. Scioscia wouldn't commit to saying he was ready for the reg season but declared it a great outing: "Lets wait and see how he comes out of it."
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