Chris Young (baseball, outfielder)

Ohtani strong in return to mound as Angels beat Mariners 8-2

After nearly two weeks off the mound due to a sprained ankle, Shohei Ohtani was a bit surprised about how he felt.

He was less surprised by how he pitched.

"I had no worries about my command. I felt like today I had one of my better commands," Ohtani said through a translator.

The two-way Japanese star took a shutout into the seventh inning while outpitching Felix Hernandez and got help from Mike Trout's 12th home run in the Los Angeles Angels' 8-2 win over the Seattle Mariners on Sunday.

Ohtani (3-1) made his first start on the mound since April 24 and looked to be completely in rhythm and showed no effects. He struck out six and used a mix of...