Mike Trout back in Angels’ lineup Thursday

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Angels slugger Mike Trout is back in tonight’s lineup against the Astros after missing two games with left wrist inflammation.

Trout injured his wrist while attempting to make a diving catch on Sunday, but an MRI revealed no structural damage. According to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register, the 23-year-old was cleared to return after he hit off a tee without any issues. He’s starting in center field tonight as the Angels attempt to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Astros. The team is currently one game back of Houston in the AL West.

Trout leads the majors with 31 home runs and owns a .315/.405/.632 batting line over 97 games.

Pujols hits 701st career home run, connects for Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS — Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols hit his 701st home run, connecting Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Pujols launched a slider from former teammate Johan Oviedo over the Big Mac Land sign in left field at Busch Stadium. The solo drive in the fourth inning made it 1-all.

Pujols faced Oviedo for the first time and made the 24-year-old righty the 456th different pitcher he’s homered against.

The St. Louis star hadn’t homered in a week since hitting No. 699 and 700 at Dodger Stadium last Friday. Pujols had gone 10 at-bats without a home run after two starts and one pinch-hit appearance.

The Busch Stadium crowd gave the 42-year-old Pujols a long standing ovation before he came out of the Cardinals dugout to tip his cap for a curtain call.

Pujols hit his 22nd home run this season for the NL Central champion Cardinals.

Pujols is fourth on the career home run list behind Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714).