HOUSTON — The Houston Astros fared decently the last time they faced Shohei Ohtani more than four months ago.The Astros will get another crack at Ohtani on Sunday afternoon when they conclude a four-game series with the Los Angeles Angels.Ohtani will make first start on the mound since June 6. He missed 22 games on the disabled list with a right UCL sprain but returned exclusively as a designated hitter on July 3.Article continues below ...When Houston’s hitters saw him April 24 in Houston [url=http://www.rangersfanproshop.com/authentic-jon-niese-jersey]Jon Niese Jersey[/url] , Ohtani allowed four runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings. He threw 98 pitches and issued five walks in an 8-7 victory.To prepare for his 10th career start, Ohtani threw up to 50 pitches in bullpen sessions and will be on a pitch limit.“Very excited,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia told reporters on Thursday. “But obviously, I don’t know if we could put those expectations that we had for Shohei when he really hit stride, have those expectations what he’s going to come out and do for Sunday. Hopefully, he’s going to get back to that.”Ohtani will oppose Gerrit Cole, who is 2-0 with a 3.71 ERA in his last three starts after a three-start losing streak. Cole is 0-1 with a 3.75 ERA in two starts against the Angels (66-70) this season and 1-1 with a 3.60 ERA in four career starts. 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With right-hander Charlie Morton set for reinstatement from the 10-day disabled list next weekend in Boston, left-hander Framber Valdez or right-hander Josh James, who made his debut against the Angels, is likely to be bumped from the rotation.Currently, Hinch has eight right-handers and two lefties in his bullpen heading into the finale of a four-game series with the Angels.“It depends on how our pitching staff goes [url=http://www.rangersfanproshop.com/authentic-elvis-andrus-jersey]Elvis Andrus Jersey[/url] ,” Hinch said of predicting future bullpen usage. “Most of the season our starters have logged the majority of the innings as they should; they’ve gone deep into games. I know I’ve cut back a little bit of that in August, some of it out of performance, some of it out of trying to work the bullpen in there. I guess we have the weapons, but I’m still going to read the game.“I don’t think I need to aggressively change a ton. We’re trying to get to 27 outs, we’re trying to get to as many wins. If the starters get the bulk of those outs, great. If I’ve got to go to the pen early I have the reinforcements. Most of the time in September you don’t worry about running out of pitching.”The Angels on Saturday selected the contract of veteran right-hander Junichi Tazawa from Triple-A Salt Lake. Tazawa is the fifth Japanese native in club history, including Ohtani. He signed as a free agent with the Angels on July 13.Tazawa [url=http://www.rangersfanproshop.com/authentic-ivan-rodriguez-jersey]Ivan Rodriguez Jersey[/url] , 32, spent his first seven seasons in the majors with the Boston Red Sox, finishing 17-20 with a 3.58 ERA and four saves in 56 appearances (four starts) from 2009 to 2016. He subsequently made 16 appearances with the Miami Marlins in parts of two seasons before being released May 21 and went 0-1 with a 7.11 ERA in seven games with Salt Lake.“He still has plenty of velocity, spins the ball really well, and he’s a veteran pitcher that can make pitches,” Scioscia said. “He threw the ball well down below and hopefully he’ll continue to bring it up here and throw the ball with the consistency that he has.” The Chicago Cubs placed third baseman Kris Bryant on the 10-day disabled list Thursday retroactive to July 24 withleft shoulder inflammation.In a corresponding move, the Cubs recalled infielder David Bote from Triple-A.Bryant was placed on the disabled list for the first time in his career earlier this season due to inflammation in the same shoulder.Prior to going on the DL [url=http://www.rangersfanproshop.com/authentic-shin-soo-choo-jersey]http://www.rangersfanproshop.com/authentic-shin-soo-choo-jersey[/url] , Bryant was struggling to hit for power. The 2016 National League MVP has a strong.276/.380/.474slash line, but his slugging percentage is the lowest of his career. He hit one home run from May 15-June 22 after hitting eight in the Cubs' first 34 games.Overall, Bryant has 11 home runs and 44 RBI in 76 games this season after clubbing 29 homers and driving 73 runs in 2017.Bryant is a two-time All-Star, and he was named the National League MVP in 2016.The Cubs have dealt with a series of injuries to key players already this season. Yu Darvish, Anthony Rizzo, Brandon Morrow and Ben Zobrist have all spent time on the 10-day disabled list.That has led to some inconsistent performance from the team, but it currently owns the NL's best record at 59-42 [url=http://www.rangersfanproshop.com/authentic-prince-fielder-jersey]Prince Fielder Jersey[/url] , which is good for a 2.5-game lead over the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central.Replacing Bryant is virtually impossible, but the Cubs have several versatile and interchangeable pieces on the roster.Moving second basemen Javier Baez to third base and playing either Zobrist or Ian Happ at second is a possible option, as is utilizing Tommy La Stella or Bote at the hot corner.