These are 5 key weekend storylines to watch – MLB.com

It’s Kentucky Derby weekend, but, in MLB, teams are always jockeying for position. So it will be this weekend, which features some important division duels, a big league border crossing and a matchup of two of the best clubs the American League and National League have to offer. Here are five key storylines as the weekend post time nears:

1. From Ichiro to Ohtani (plus Pujols’ 3,000 chase)
The Mariners went hard after Shohei Ohtani this offseason, selling him the legacy Ichiro Suzuki established when he made the move from Japan to the big leagues in 2001 and launched a Cooperstown-worthy career. Ultimately, Ohtani went elsewhere in the AL West, and, ironically, the Mariners wound up signing Ichiro himself this year when injuries invaded their outfield during Spring Training.

It’s Kentucky Derby weekend, but, in MLB, teams are always jockeying for position. So it will be this weekend, which features some important division duels, a big league border crossing and a matchup of two of the best clubs the American League and National League have to offer. Here are five key storylines as the weekend post time nears:

1. From Ichiro to Ohtani (plus Pujols’ 3,000 chase)
The Mariners went hard after Shohei Ohtani this offseason, selling him the legacy Ichiro Suzuki established when he made the move from Japan to the big leagues in 2001 and launched a Cooperstown-worthy career. Ultimately, Ohtani went elsewhere in the AL West, and, ironically, the Mariners wound up signing Ichiro himself this year when injuries invaded their outfield during Spring Training.

Now, Ohtani makes his first trip to Seattle this weekend, just as Ichiro has left the playing field and joined the front office as the Mariners’ special assistant to the chairman. Every Angels game right now is an opportunity to witness history,

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