LEADING OFF: Ohtani back on the mound, Sanchez slugging

Shohei Ohtani’s quest to regain his reputation as a stellar two-way player gets a big test when he takes the mound for the Los Angeles Angels against the White Sox. The right-handed Ohtani had 10 impressive starts on the mound as a rookie in 2018 before needing Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. He hasn’t been on the mound since except for two ineffective appearances last season. Also around the big leagues, Yankees catcher Gary Sánchez is off to a good start with two homers in two games, and MLB is facing fallout from its decision to pull July’s All-Star Game from Atlanta’s Truist Park to protest a new voting law.