Photo by John Schreiber.

The three-game Freeway Series between the Los Angeles Angels and Los Angeles Dodgers will begin Sunday evening at Angel Stadium, the first time the teams will play in Southern California in 2018.

Angels pitcher-designated hitter Shohei Ohtani will play at designated hitter during the Freeway Series, manager Mike Scioscia said. He pitched 5 1/3 innings in an intrasqaud game Saturday, allowing two runs on two hits.

Baseball’s most sought-after free agent during the 2017 offseason following a stellar career in Japan is hitting .107 with three singles in 28 at-bats and has a 27.00 ERA in two appearances against opposing major league teams.

There has been a change to Angel Stadium since last season. The home run boundary in right field was lowered to eight feet from the previous height of 18 feet. A yellow line will run from the right field side of the outfield gate in right field, until the wall changes angle in centerfield.

“The adjustment to the line in right field will increase the fan experience at Angel Stadium while creating an environment that is equitable for both hitters and pitchers,” Angels general manager Billy Eppler said last month when the change was announced.

Parker Bridwell is scheduled to be the Angels starting pitcher, three days after being optioned to their Salt Lake City Triple-A affiliate. Bridwell led American League rookies with 10 victories last season. The Angels were 17-3 in his starts, the best team record in a rookie’s starts since the World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals were 18-3 in Ted Wilks’ starts.

Bridwell is 0-1 with a 7.91 ERA in six appearances in spring training.

Fellow right-hander Kenta Maeda will pitch for the Dodgers.

The final two games of the Freeway Series will be played Monday and Tuesday at Dodger Stadium.

Each team won once during the spring training version of the Freeway Series last year, with the final game ending in a tie.

The Angels lead the series that began in 1962, 68-48, with five games ending in ties.

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