Santiago Casilla ahead of schedule, could return in 2-3 weeks

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Giants reliever Santiago Casilla is doing well recovering from recent surgery on his right knee which removed a cyst. In fact, according to CSN Bay Area’s Andrew Baggarly, the right-hander is doing so well that manager Bruce Bochy estimates a return in two to three weeks. Casilla wasn’t expected to return until after the All-Star break.

Casilla went on the DL with a 1.89 ERA in 19 innings and has been nothing short of dominating since joining the Giants prior to the 2009 season. In 189.1 innings with the Giants, Casilla has a 2.19 ERA. In his absence, however, the Giants haven’t skipped a beat. They still own the National League’s third-best bullpen ERA at 3.07 and have featured six other relievers to cross the 20-inning threshold with an ERA below 2.60: closer Sergio Romo, Jose Mijares, Jeremy Affeldt, Javier Lopez, Chad Gaudin, and Jean Machi.

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).