MORNING WRAP: Shohei Ohtani big concern for Angels; Clayton Kershaw ageless in season debut

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MONDAY, AUG. 3

ONE: Could it get any worse for the Angels? Not only do they blow a lead and lose to the Astros 6-5 in 11 innings, but their star prospect, Shohei Ohtani, was roughed up in the second inning, and then complained of discomfort in his arm, and was sent for an MRI. Columnist Jim Alexandered wondered: “Whatever the result of that diagnostic test, then, the other challenge ultimately will be to get Ohtani through the mental aspect of this.”

Next up: Angels at Mariners, Tuesday, 7:10 p.m.

TWO: Clayton Kershaw finally made his season debut on Sunday, and it couldn’t of gone much better for the 32-year-old, going 5 2/3 shutout innings with six strikeouts as the Dodgers went on to beat Arizona 3-0.

Next up: Dodgers at Padres, tonight, 6:10 p.m.

Clayton Kershaw said: “It was fun. I missed it. It was hard to miss Opening Day. I didn’t know how long it was going to take for my back to get better. It was awesome just to be back out there and get a win. It felt good.”

THREE: With six games to go, any Lakers win or Clippers loss wraps up the Western Conference and home court advantage in the NBA playoffs. But what does it mean exactly when every game is played in the Orlando bubble?

Next up: Lakers vs. Utah, tonight, 6 p.m.

What Lebron James said: “Clinching the one seed, is there an advantage here? There’s not much of a home court advantage here. But we worked hard to be the No. 1 team in the West … we got this far, so we might as well try to figure it out and close it off the right way.”

FOUR: Rams reporter Kevin Modesti explains what the opening day of training camp in Thousand Oaks will be like Monday for coach Sean McVay and players in a newly erected tent that will allow social distancing.

Sean McVay said: “I know our players and coaches are really champing at the bit to even get in here, where we can meet with the players in person .It’ll be newer challenges, things we’ve never navigated before.”

FIVE: Players from the Pac-12 penned a letter in The Players’ Tribune seeking several demands before reporting to camp or playing games. Find out what the players were asking and where it goes from here.

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