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Alden Gonzalez / ESPN:
Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani's two-way showing was a success and there needs to be more of it  —  ANAHEIM, Calif. — There was a moment in Sunday's Chicago White Sox-Los Angeles Angels game that would've passed as a nondescript subtlety if not for the obvious constraints that have come to define Major League Baseball.
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Shohei Ohtani to bat, pitch in same historic game for Los Angeles Angels vs. Chicago White Sox  —  ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani is both pitching and hitting for the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday night for the first time since the two-way star moved to the majors.
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
David Schoenfield / ESPN:
Chicago White Sox DH Yermin Mercedes starts season 8-for-8 to set MLB mark  —  Welcome to the record books, Yermin Mercedes.  —  The Chicago White Sox rookie got three hits in his first three at-bats Saturday against the Los Angeles Angels to improve to 8-for-8 to start 2021 …
Deesha Thosar / New York Daily News:
Mets start new era by blowing sterling Jacob deGrom start  —  PHILADELPHIA — The hardest-throwing starting pitcher in baseball was finally unleashed — four days later than planned — and he came out shoving.  But the one feat that has always eluded him once again disappeared from Jacob deGrom's night: a win.
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Tim Healey / Newsday:
Mets philosophical about their tough luck to start season  —  WASHINGTON — Even if the initial disappointment about the Mets' Opening Day delay has waned, the unlucky reality remains.  —  Because four Nationals players tested positive for COVID-19, and five others were quarantined …
David Schoenfield / ESPN:
Houston Astros' strong opening statement and other observations from MLB's first weekend  —  We had a lot happen over the first four days of the 2021 MLB season.  The Reds and Cardinals had the first bench-clearing incident of the season.  The Dodgers' Cody Bellinger lost a home run when he passed Justin Turner on the basepath.
Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:
Joakim Soria injury another blow to Diamondbacks bullpen  —  The Diamondbacks bullpen appeared to suffer another blow on Sunday as right-hander Joakim Soria exited his outing early with an apparent calf injury.  —  Soria will leave the team and return to Phoenix for testing …
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
Gabe Lacques / USA Today:
MLB faces a major hurdle in COVID-19 battle: Players hesitant to get the vaccine  —  When Trevor Bauer struggled through performance and health issues early in his Major League Baseball career, he enlisted a Stanford University doctor to capture images of his hip and shoulder …
Alden Gonzalez / ESPN:
MLB moving 2021 All-Star Game from Atlanta over Georgia voting law  —  Major League Baseball announced Friday that it is moving the 2021 All-Star Game out of Atlanta in response to a new Georgia law that has civil rights groups concerned about its potential to restrict voting access for people of color.
 
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