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Ohtani to make spring hitting debut today

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TEMPE, Ariz. -- Two-way standout Shohei Ohtani will make his Cactus League batting debut today, starting at designated hitter against the Padres at Peoria Sports Complex. Ohtani will bat second in his first test against Major League pitching this spring.

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Two-way standout Shohei Ohtani will make his Cactus League batting debut today, starting at designated hitter against the Padres at Peoria Sports Complex. Ohtani will bat second in his first test against Major League pitching this spring.

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The game can be seen live on MLB.TV at 3 p.m. ET/noon PT. Right-hander Jordan Lyles is to start for the Padres, opposite Angels left-hander Tyler Skaggs.

Ohtani, 23, made his first start of the spring against the Brewers on Saturday, allowing two runs (one earned) with a walk and two strikeouts in 1 1/3 innings. The left-handed slugger has not hit since Thursday, when he put on an impressive show of power during batting practice, which included launching a home run over the batter's eye at Tempe Diablo Stadium.

Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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