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Ohtani: 'Honored' to be in Home Run Derby talk

Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani said he is "honored" about talk of potentially participating in the Home Run Derby during the All-Star break. The Japanese phenom has six homers in 84 at-bats as a part-time DH.

Sparks beat Lynx on Gray's buzzer-beater (1:23)
Angels end skid behind Ohtani's strong outing (1:04)
Ohtani shines on the mound with 9 Ks (0:32)

Mechelle Voepel espnW.com 

Minnesota Lynx got their 2017 championship rings Sunday, but Los Angeles Sparks got the victory. Chelsea Gray hit a buzzer-beater to lead Sparks past Lynx 77-76 in season opener for both teams. The best rivalry in WNBA got off to another scintillating start in 2018. Sparks did not have three centers, including starter Candace Parker, but forced 24 turnovers. Gray had 18 points and eight assists, fellow guard Odyssey Sims had 21 points, and forward Nneka Ogwumike had 19 points and nine rebounds. Lynx forward Maya Moore had tough shooting day, going 4 of 14 for 11 points. Lindsay Whalen led Lynx with 17 points.

Trout manufactures unique route home (0:40)
Strasburg gives up 2 homers in Nats' loss (1:07)
Gray hits game-winning layup (1:32)
Sparks take control with 14-0 run in 3rd quarter (0:34)

Mechelle Voepel espnW.com 

Lynx lead Sparks 38-32 at halftime of teams' 2018 WNBA opener at Target Center. Centers Candace Parker (back injury), Jantel Lavender, and Maria Vadeeva (haven't reported to team yet) are not with Sparks, who have guard-heavy lineup around forward Nneka Ogwumike. Not surprisingly, Sparks are being out-rebounded 20-12 in first half. But they have taken nine more shots than Lynx and have kept the game close. Point guard Chelsea Gray leads Sparks with 12 points, while forward Rebekkah Brunson leads Lynx with 13 points. Game is live now on ESPN2.

Ogwumike hustles for tough putback layup (0:20)
Puig's 2-run HR frustrates catcher Severino (0:32)
Grandal takes Strasburg deep for the early lead (0:29)
Hernandez's deep blast puts Dodgers on top (0:26)

Mechelle Voepel espnW.com 

Rematch of WNBA Finals the past two seasons is today at Target Center in Minneapolis: defending champion Lynx vs 2016 champ Sparks, 5 p.m. ET on ESPN2. But Los Angeles will be without Candace Parker, who is dealing with what was described as a minor back injury. She didn't travel to Minnesota. All 12 teams are playing Sunday in first full day of WNBA action this 2018 season.

Trout connects for 14th homer (0:29)