Jonathan Papelbon fears crowds, Obama

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Jonathan Papelbon lived in Boston for a long time and had some personal insight and reflection about safety and things in the wake of Monday’s bombing.

But then he kept talking. Here he is on CSNPhilly.com, first mentioning an arguably reasonable fear of teams having players enter through the stands.  Then he adds “Shoot man, Obama wants to take our guns from us and everything. And you got this stuff going on? It’s a little bit insane for me.”

Ballplayers! They’re just like us!

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).