START: Ohtani on the mound, Scherzer takes on his hometown team

A glimpse of what’s happening around the majors today:

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SHOHEI AND THE RANGERS

Two-way Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani is pitching again in Texas a month after allowing six runs in 3 2/3 innings in a 10-5 loss to the Rangers at Globe Life Field. Ohtani has been stellar on the mound since that second straight loss to open the season – having lost just twice in 23 starts last year. He’s 3-0 with a 1.13 ERA and 32 strikeouts in four starts spanning 24 innings since that visit to rival AL West. Speaking of divisional foes, Ohtani’s 4.56 ERA against Rangers is the second highest of any team he’s faced at least twice. The highest is Houston (4.75).

MISSOURI-MAX

Mets ace and St. Louis-area native Max Scherzer (4-1, 2.66 ERA) makes his 15th career start against the Cardinals, one of three teams he has a losing record against – he is 4-6 with an ERA of 2.55 against his hometown club.

He earned a no-decision in St. Louis last month despite going 10 out of seven scoreless innings at Busch Stadium. He will face Cardinals right-hander Jordan Hicks (1-3, 4.15) in Game 3 of a four-game series.

OCTOBER CONTAINERS

Atlanta and Milwaukee, both NL Division winners last season, wrap up their playoff rematch when Braves left-hander Max Fried (4-2, 3.14 ERA) takes on defending Cy Young Award winner Corbin Burnes (1-2, 1.77) in the final of a three-game series.

Atlanta reliever Tyler Matzek went on the injured list on Tuesday, retroactive to May 14, with left shoulder inflammation – but star outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. returned to the lineup in a 3-0 victory after missing five games with a sore groin.

HAPPY TO SEE YOU AGAIN

Blake Snell returns from a groin injury to make his first start of the season for the San Diego Padres (23-13). Snell, winner of the 2018 AL Cy Young Award, pitches in Philadelphia against Zack Wheeler (1-3, 4.26 ERA) – NL Cy Young Award finalist last year.

Snell was 7-6 with a 4.20 ERA in 27 starts last season, his first with the Padres.

Bryce Harper could return to the Phillies roster – or he could miss at least one more game as he recovers from a platelet-rich plasma injection in his right elbow. The double MVP is expected on Wednesday or Thursday. He bats .305 with nine homers, 14 doubles, 27 RBIs and an NL-best .634 slugging percentage.

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