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What’s on Tap: Previewing Thursday’s action

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At long last, Hyun-Jin Ryu will return to the Dodgers’ starting rotation. The lefty hasn’t pitched since Game 3 of the 2014 NLCS against the Cardinals. He underwent shoulder surgery last year and has been rehabbing ever since.

The Dodgers signed Ryu, now 29, to a six-year, $36 million contract in December 2012. He turned out to be a quality starting pitcher, compiling a 3.00 ERA over 30 starts in 2013 and a 3.38 ERA over 26 starts in 2014. With the Dodgers’ rotation currently depleted due to injuries, Ryu’s return couldn’t have come at a better time. Clayton Kershaw is on the disabled list with a mild herniated disk. Alex Wood is expected to be out until early August with left elbow soreness. Brett Anderson won’t return until at least mid-August as he’s recovering from back surgery performed in March. Brandon McCarthy made his season debut on Sunday after recovering from Tommy John surgery.

Ryu will take the mound at 10:10 PM EDT tonight, facing Padres lefty Drew Pomeranz, who has been shockingly elite thus far.

The rest of Thursday’s action…

Detroit Tigers (Justin Verlander) @ Toronto Blue Jays (Drew Hutchison), 7:07 PM EDT

New York Yankees (Ivan Nova) @ Cleveland Indians (Trevor Bauer), 7:10 PM EDT

Washington Nationals (Lucas Giolito) @ New York Mets (Bartolo Colon), 7:10 PM EDT

Atlanta Braves (Lucas Harrell) @ Chicago Cubs (Jason Hammel), 8:05 PM EDT

Minnesota Twins (Tyler Duffey) @ Texas Rangers (Chi Chi Gonzalez), 8:05 PM EDT

Oakland Athletics (Rich Hill) @ Houston Astros (Doug Fister), 8:10 PM EDT

Seattle Mariners (James Paxton) @ Kansas City Royals (Danny Duffy), 8:15 PM EDT

Philadelphia Phillies (Adam Morgan) @ Colorado Rockies (Chad Bettis), 8:40 PM EDT

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).