Video: Albert Pujols slugs 19th-inning walkoff home run

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Albert Pujols mercifully put an end to Saturday night’s Red Sox vs. Angels marathon with this replay-reviewed opposite-field walkoff home run off Boston right-hander Brandon Workman …

The game took a total of six hours and 31 minutes. You have to feel somewhat sorry for the umpires and tech guys who had to stay up in New York City to review that thing. It was 3:40 a.m. ET when Pujols went yard.

Masahiro Tanaka to throw off a mound this weekend

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Earlier this month Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka strained both of his hamstrings while running the bases in an interleague game against the Mets and was sent to the 10-day DL. Today it was announced that the beginning of the end of most DL stints for pitchers — throwing off of a mound — is in Tanaka’s immediate future.

Tanaka is scheduled to throw off a mound Sunday, which will be his first real (well, fake real) pitching action since the June 9th injury. Assuming the session goes well, Tanaka is expected to return to the Yankees’ starting rotation sometime in early-to-mid July. With the All-Star break coming the week of July 16, it would not be hard to imagine the Yankees giving him a few extra days to get right.

Tanaka is 7-2 with a 4.58 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 73/19 in 72.2 innings on the season.