Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error OAKLAND — Shohei Ohtani made his debut Thursday, but he’s going to make history Sunday.Ohtani is scheduled to start as the Angels pitcher in a 1 p.m. game against the Oakland A’s, after starting as their designated hitter Thursday.He will be the first player in nearly 100 years to start as a pitcher and a non-pitcher within the first 10 games of a season. Joe Bush of the Boston Red Sox and Clarence Mitchell of the Brooklyn Dodgers did it in 1920.The last time a player started as a pitcher and non-pitcher any time in the same season was 1988, when New York Yankees pitcher Rick Rhoden started one game at DH. “There is more to pitching than throwing 100,” Manager Mike Scioscia said Saturday. “He will have plenty of velocity.”Ohtani may also have been affected by his adjustment to the slightly different baseball used in the majors, compared to Japan. Also, the air in Arizona is thin and dry, which makes the ball feel even slicker. It also makes it more difficult to throw a splitter, which is one of his best pitches.Ohtani, who has thrown bullpen sessions this week at Dodger Stadium and the Oakland Coliseum, said he can already tell a difference from Arizona.Ohtani also didn’t show any signs of frustration at his results, seemingly as aware as a major league veteran that spring training statistics don’t count.Now, he’s going to be pitching in front of the world — including a live broadcast in Japan, where the game will begin at 5 a.m. Monday morning. All of the velocity and movement and spin of his pitches will be available for analysis and scrutiny by the general public. A full lineup of major league hitters will be taking swings against him.Ohtani said he doesn’t mind having so many eyes on him.“I am somewhat happy about it,” he said. “It’s better to have attention than not have attention. But what I have to do does not change. I would like to continue what I had been doing in Arizona.”With the circumstances providing ample pressure, Scioscia downplayed the Angels’ expectations.“We feel Shohei is going to go out there tomorrow and give us a chance to win a game,” he said. “That’s all we expect from all our starting pitchers.” Once Ohtani takes the mound, the novelty of the milestone will quickly be replaced by curiosity about how well he will be able to perform.Even Ohtani wonders.“I think there’s a lot of things that I will find out when I pitch in the actual game,” he said in Japanese. “I think that I need to learn every time, but I hope to be able to produce what I have.”In spring training, his results bore little resemblance to the pitcher who was a dominant ace in Japan. Ohtani pitched five games in spring training, allowing 15 earned runs while recording 13 innings worth of outs (some innings were stopped short of three outs to manage his pitch-count). He struck out 24 and walked eight.The Angels insisted all along they were unconcerned with those stats, instead focused more on the raw measurements of his pitches. Although velocity readings are sporadically available in spring training, where the ballparks aren’t equipped the same as major league parks, the Angels said they were satisfied. Various scouts at his outings had his fastball ranging from 91-98 mph.