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• Maicer Izturis swung a bat Thursday for the first time since exiting Saturday's game with sore left ribs. Scioscia expects him to be ready for Friday's series opener against the Royals.

• Albert Pujols was able to retrieve Wednesday's home run ball, which made him the first player in history to hit 30-plus homers in each of his first 12 seasons. In exchange for the ball, Pujols autographed his jersey from the 2010 All-Star Game for the fan who caught it.

• On Friday, Angels alumnus Justin Speier, a representative of the U.S. Army and members of the Angels Strike Force will visit three local high schools as part of the Angels Baseball Foundation's Adopt-A-School program. Each presentation will highlight baseball and softball skills along with the benefits of joining the military. Each school will receive $3,650 for their baseball and softball program, courtesy of the Angels Baseball Foundation and the U.S. Army.

• Maicer Izturis swung a bat Thursday for the first time since exiting Saturday's game with sore left ribs. Scioscia expects him to be ready for Friday's series opener against the Royals.

• Albert Pujols was able to retrieve Wednesday's home run ball, which made him the first player in history to hit 30-plus homers in each of his first 12 seasons. In exchange for the ball, Pujols autographed his jersey from the 2010 All-Star Game for the fan who caught it.

• On Friday, Angels alumnus Justin Speier, a representative of the U.S. Army and members of the Angels Strike Force will visit three local high schools as part of the Angels Baseball Foundation's Adopt-A-School program. Each presentation will highlight baseball and softball skills along with the benefits of joining the military. Each school will receive $3,650 for their baseball and softball program, courtesy of the Angels Baseball Foundation and the U.S. Army.