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A preview of what’s happening around the majors on Tuesday:

Padres right-hander Mike Clevinger is expected to pitch in the majors for the first time since recovering from his second surgery at Tommy John.

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He will also be back on a familiar mound. Clevinger will start against the Guardians at Progressive Field – he started his big league career with Cleveland in 2016 and excelled there until moving to San Diego before the 2020 trade deadline.

Clevinger, 31, last pitched in the 2020 NL Division Series, starting Game 1 against the Dodgers and getting retired after a scoreless inning. He missed last season after undergoing elbow surgery.

Clevinger has made three minor starts this year with a 2.08 ERA. A friend of his, Zach Plesac, pitches Cleveland against him.

Angels star Shohei Ohtani could launch in Boston later this week, manager Joe Maddon has said.

Ohtani was dropped from the starting lineup on Monday, a day after the AL MVP was released due to groin tightness. He failed as a hitter in a 3-0 loss to the White Sox in Chicago.

Angels coach Mike Frostad said Ohtani was “better this morning” and there are currently no plans for an MRI or to put the two-way sensation on the disabled list.

Los Angeles opens a three-game series at Boston. Ohtani played in seven games at Fenway Park, going 10-for-30 with two homers.

Mets second baseman Robinson Canó has been cut with nearly $45 million remaining on his contract, leaving his future uncertain at 39.

The plummeting Canó was slated for assignment in a move announced Monday about an hour before teams were required to reduce their active rosters from 28 players to 26. He sat out last season while serving his second suspension for performance-enhancing drugs and was relegated to a part-time role this year.

Canó was batting .195 with one home run, three RBIs and a paltry .501 OPS in 43 plate appearances.

New York has seven days to trade or release Canó, or send him outright to the miners – a mission he would have the right to refuse. It is highly unlikely that another club will claim Canó for the waiver as he would be liable for his full salary. But if he’s released by the Mets, a team could sign him for a prorated share of the $700,000 minimum this season and also pay the $710,000 minimum in 2023.

The Kansas City Royals have brought in catcher MJ Melendez, who led the Miners with 41 homers last year.

The 23-year-old wide receiver had 103 RBIs and 1.011 OPS in Triple-A and Double-A last season. He never played in the majors.

The Royals changed their roster after Cam Gallagher, who backs All-Star receiver Salvado Perez, was placed on the 10-day injured list with a strained left hamstring. Gallagher will be out indefinitely.

Kansas City lost its fourth in a row Monday, 1-0 at St. Louis in a rain catch-up last month. The Royals have lost 21 of their last 28 at St. Louis since Aug. 7, 2017 — that I-70 Interleague Series now moves to the other side of Missouri for two games.

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