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Springer, Astros beat Angels 4-2 in Ohtani's pitching return

George Springer knew something was different about Shohei Ohtani in his second at-bat against the Angels' pitcher him in the third inning on Sunday night.

"The velocity drop was probably the obvious," Springer said. "He was throwing 98-99 and then came out throwing 88-92. When it's that obvious I hope he's OK."

Springer hit a two-run homer and finished a triple shy of the cycle to lead the Houston Astros to a 4-2 win over Los Angeles in Ohtani's return to the mound.

Ohtani (4-2) lasted just 2 1/3 innings in his first time pitching since June 6 because of an elbow strain. Both of the hits he allowed were to Springer — a leadoff single and his...

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