Ryan McMahon

Ohtani starts Sunday, Dodgers clean up, Vlad Jr walks off

Shohei Ohtani has a starting assignment, and the Los Angeles Dodgers have a mess on their hands.

With the regular season set to begin Thursday, the Angels scheduled Ohtani to make his major league pitching debut Sunday in their fourth game at Oakland. The two-way sensation from Japan is expected to be Los Angeles' designated hitter in at least one of the first three games, but manager Mike Scioscia said Tuesday night the team hadn't decided on an opening-day lineup yet.

The 23-year-old Ohtani, who struggled in spring training, was told after the exhibition finale against the Dodgers that he'll pitch Sunday.

"He's gotten into the mid-80-pitch range and...