Hanley Ramirez back in Dodgers’ lineup Thursday

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Hanley Ramirez has missed back-to-back starts with a strained right elbow, but he’s back in the lineup tonight for the opener of a four-game series against the Cubs at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

Ramirez originally felt something in his elbow on a throw on Monday and was scratched from Tuesday’s lineup after he experienced renewed soreness during warm-ups. However, he was cleared to return tonight after he made it through his usual pre-game routine without incident.

Ramirez, 30, is batting .277/.362/.444 with 13 home runs, 69 RBI, and 14 stolen bases over 120 games this season. In addition to his recent elbow issue, the impending free agent has missed time with shoulder, calf, and oblique injuries.

Angels’ Pujols passes Mays for 5th on homer list with No. 661

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols passed Willie Mays for fifth place on the career home run list, hitting No. 661 on Friday night against Texas.

The 40-year-old Pujols connected for a solo homer with two outs in the fifth inning. He sent Wes Benjamin‘s fastball on a 1-2 count over the wall in left field.

Pujols has hit five homers this season. He tied Mays last Sunday at Colorado.

It is only Pujols’ second home run since Aug. 4. He now trails only Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755), Babe Ruth (714) and Alex Rodriguez (696).

Pujols has one more season left on his contract with the Angels after this year.

Benjamin was the 428th different pitcher Pujols homered against in his career. Only Bonds has homered against more pitchers (449).