Mariners sign reliever Aaron Heilman to minor-league contract

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Aaron Heilman had an ugly 6.88 ERA for the Diamondbacks last season, so not surprisingly he’s had to settle for a minor-league contract and Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that he’s signed with the Mariners.

After being released by the Diamondbacks in mid-July he latched on with the Phillies and then the Pirates, but failed to make it back to the majors.

Heilman didn’t pitch particularly well at Triple-A either, but his 33/11 K/BB ratio in 35 innings for Arizona suggest he might still be a useful middle reliever if he can keep the home runs in check.

Prior to imploding last season he had a 4.50 ERA and 55/26 K/BB ratio in 72 innings for the Diamondbacks in 2010 and that’s probably Heilman’s remaining upside at age 33.

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).