Delmon Young’s status uncertain for ALCS

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The fact that Delmon Young’s health will have an impact on who will represent the American League in the World Series this year is one of those things that didn’t seem all that plausible back in July.  Just one of the many reasons to love baseball.  But it will have an impact, and given that he strained an oblique last night, it could be negative.

Right now, it’s still unclear if Young will play in the ALCS.  When asked after the game last night he said “I don’t know.”  Jim Leyland is unsure too.  He’ll be re-evaluated today.

Young went 6 for 19 with three homers in the ALDS, including one in the first inning of last night’s game that proved critical.  If he can’t go, Ryan Raburn will get the starts. Which, over the course of 162 games may not be a big deal.  But Young is hot right now, so the injury is certainly not welcome.

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).