Albert Pujols Injury: Angels Slugger In Lineup Against Red Sox

Pujols returns to the lineup as the designated hitter Tuesday night.

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Albert Pujols undergoes minor knee surgery

Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols underwent minor surgery to clean up his right knee.

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Angels Vs. Red Sox Starting Lineups: Albert Pujols Returns To Bat Third

The Angels will be getting one of their big bats back in the lineup Tuesday night against the Red Sox as Albert Pujols returns from a calf injury. The Los Angeles slugger had missed the previous four games after injuring his right calf while running the bases last Wednesday.

Jered Weaver will be glad to have Pujols back in the lineup, as he pursues his 17th win of the season. The Cy Young candidate is 16-3 with a 2.74 ERA.

The Red Sox will send Clay Buchholz to the mound. The right-hander is 11-4 with a 4.47 ERA. Buchholz's last start came against the Angels and he did not fare well, giving up seven earned runs in 5.1 innings pitched.

This will be the first of a three-game set for these two teams. Game time is 7:05 PT.

Red Sox
Scott Podsednik LF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Ryan Lavarnway C
James Loney 1B
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
Ryan Kalish RF
Jose Iglesias SS
Pedro Ciriaco 3B
Clay Buchholz P

Angels
Mike Trout CF
Torii Hunter RF
Albert Pujols DH
Kendrys Morales 1B
Mark Trumbo LF
Howie Kendrick 2B
Cesar Izturis 3B
Erick Aybar SS
Chris Iannetta C
Jered Weaver P

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Pirates Claim Los Angeles Angels Reliever Hisanori Takahashi Off Waivers

The Pittsburgh Pirates have claimed Los Angeles Angels reliever Hisanori Takahashi off the waivers, according to a tweet from Mike DiGiovanna.

The 37-year-old left hander was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake after compiling a 0-3 record to go along with his 4.93 ERA and 41 strikeouts in 42 appearances this season. He has been scored upon in his last seven outings with the Angels.

Last season with Anaheim, Takahashi went 4-3 a 3.44 ERA, 52 strikeouts and two saves across 61 relief appearances (68 innings) after signing a two year, $8 million contract with the club. Takashi owns a career 3.80 ERA in his 232 major league innings.

While home runs have been the dilemma with Takashi this season (he's allowed six), the lefty specialist is actually striking out batters at a career best rate (4.1 K/BB).

For more Angels news as the playoff chase tightens up, head on over to Halos Heaven.

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