Albert Pujols hits career home run No. 615

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Angels first baseman Albert Pujols is back on the climb up baseball’s all-time home run leaderboard. The 38-year-old veteran slugged career home run No. 615, a solo home run in the top of the sixth inning off of Kendall Graveman, breaking a 4-4 tie.

Pujols passed Hall of Famer Jim Thome late last season to take over seventh place all-time. Ken Griffey, Jr. is his next target at 630 — certainly an attainable goal if he’s able to stay healthy.

Pujols is in the seventh year of his 10-year, $240 million contract signed in December 2011. He’ll make $27 million this season, followed by $28 million in 2019, $29 million in 2020, and $30 million in 2021. He had the worst season of his career last year, finishing with a career-low .672 OPS and -1.8 WAR (per Baseball Reference) in 636 plate appearances.

Tyler Glasnow scheduled to rejoin Rays’ rotation

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow is scheduled to rejoin the rotation at Cleveland after missing nearly 14 months because of Tommy John surgery.

The Rays’ Opening Day starter last year hasn’t pitched this season after undergoing the procedure on Aug. 4, 2021.

“I think we’re pretty confident he’ll be starting for us,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said before the game with Toronto. “This is the first time he’s thrown pain-free in quite some time, so he’s encouraged by it.”

The 6-foot-8 right-hander went 5-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 14 starts last year and is a key addition as the Rays near a wild-card spot.

“Compared to the past, like, three years it feels way better as far as postday and the week leading into starts and stuff,” Glasnow said. “It’s good to have an UCL, you know.”

Cash said Glasnow will throw around 45 pitches in his initial outing, which should allow him to go two or three innings.

“Two innings of Glasnow is still a huge plus for our team,” Cash said. “Like to get three innings. If we do, great. If we don’t, that’s fine, too.”

Glasnow allowed one run, one hit, four walks and had 14 strikeouts over seven innings in four starts with Triple-A Durham.

“I’m really excited,” Glasnow said. “I’m approaching it like normal, staying on routine. Feels normal.”

Glasnow signed a two-year, $30.35 million contract that will delay the start of his free agency by one year last month. He’s making $5.1 million this year and will get $5.35 million next season and $25 million in 2024, which is the first year he would have been eligible for free agency.