Roy Oswalt is probably going to pull a Roger Clemens, come back mid-season

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Roy Oswalt still plans on making an announcement later today, but Jerry Crasnick has some inside dirt:  Oswalt is likely going to pull a Roger Clemens and come back in the middle of the season:

Oswalt, 34, has told teams that he plans to keep throwing, stay ready and would be willing to return during the season if nothing materializes before then. That approach would mirror what Clemens did in 2006 and 2007, when he returned in June to pitch for the Houston Astros and then the New York Yankees.

With the Rangers, Cardinals and Red Sox all ruled out today, that seems like his most likely option, though he is leaving himself some wiggle room there.  And to be honest, it may be his most lucrative one. Every team thinks they have a decent rotation now. Such is the nature of February.  When reality intrudes, however, and clubs are holding their rotations together with baling wire and chewing gum, Roy Oswalt is going to look like a pretty damn good option.

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).