What’s on Tap: Previewing Thursday evening’s action

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A lot of Thursday’s schedule was underway this afternoon, but we still have seven games left this evening.

Pirates starter Ryan Vogelsong will make his return to the mound against the Braves, opposing Tyrell Jenkins in a 7:10 PM EDT start at Turner Field. Vogelsong had been out since May 23 when he took a Jordan Lyles fastball to the face. He suffered multiple facial fractures including the orbital bone around his left eye. Needless to say, it was a scary injury.

Vogelsong started a rehab assignment on July 10 and made four rehab starts in total. He’ll resume play at the big league level with a 3.74 ERA and a 16/10 K/BB ratio in 21 2/3 innings across two starts and 10 relief appearances.

The rest of Thursday evening’s action…

New York Mets (Bartolo Colon) @ New York Yankees (Nathan Eovaldi), 7:05 PM EDT

Oakland Athletics (Jesse Hahn) @ Los Angeles Angels (Ricky Nolasco), 7:05 PM EDT

Texas Rangers (A.J. Griffin) @ Baltimore Orioles (Wade Miley), 7:05 PM EDT

Pittsburgh Pirates (Ryan Vogelsong) @ Atlanta Braves (Tyrell Jenkins), 7:10 PM EDT

Toronto Blue Jays (J.A. Happ) @ Houston Astros (Mike Fiers), 8:10 PM EDT

Los Angeles Dodgers (Kenta Maeda) @ Colorado Rockies (Tyler Chatwood), 8:40 PM EDT

Boston Red Sox (Drew Pomeranz) @ Seattle Mariners (Ariel Miranda), 10:10 PM EDT

Stanton, Donaldson, Kahnle activated by Yankees ahead of Dodgers series

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LOS ANGELES — Giancarlo Stanton, Josh Donaldson, and Tommy Kahnle were activated by the New York Yankees ahead of their weekend series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

New York cleared three roster spots after a 1-0 loss at Seattle, optioning infielder-outfielders Oswaldo Cabrera and Franchy Cordero to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre along with left-hander Matt Krook.

Stanton, Donaldson and Kahnle all played in a rehab game for Double-A Somerset. Stanton was hitless in three at-bats in his first appearance since injuring his left hamstring on April 15.

Donaldson went 1 for 4 in his fourth rehab game as he comes back from a strained right hamstring originally sustained on April 5.

Kahnle pitched one inning, giving up one run and one hit and walking two. He has been out since spring training with right biceps tendinitis.

Aaron Boone said he wasn’t concerned about Stanton returning after playing in just one rehab game. He did say that Stanton likely will be a designated hitter for a couple of weeks after rejoining the Yankees.

New York is missing centerfielder Harrison Bader, who strained his right hamstring against the Mariners and went on the injured list the next day.

Left-hander Carlos Rodón, sidelined since spring training by a sore left forearm and an ailing back, was transferred to the 60-day injured list.