The Cubs make it official and hire Jaramillo

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Or at least they will sometime today, according to ESPN’s Bruce Levine:

The Cubs will announce Wednesday that former Texas Rangers hitting instructor Rudy Jaramillo has signed a three-year, $2.42 million contract to become Chicago’s next hitting coach, player sources told ESPNChicago.com on Tuesday . . . The Rangers offered Jaramillo just a one-year deal at a modest raise over his 2009 contract of $650,000 to stay in Texas, sources said.

That’s a lot of dough for a hitting coach, especially considering that no one has ever really shown that hitting coaches, you know, do anything.  Still, Jaramillo has experience with Milton Bradley. And assuming they got along in Texas, simply having someone who can provide a buffer between Bradley and Piniella and whoever else Bradley is alienating at any given time may make this contract worthwhile.

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).