Rajai Davis suffered a Grade 1 pubic strain on Saturday


This comes with horrible timing for the Tigers …

As reported by Lynn G. Henning of the Detroit News, outfielder Rajai Davis suffered a Grade 1 strain of his pubic symphysis Saturday night while sprinting down the first base line on a second-inning groundout. It’s essentially a minor groin strain, but even the mildest of groin strains can take several days — or even a few weeks — to fully recover from.

Davis is batting .282/.320/.401 with eight home runs and 36 stolen bases in 134 games this season. He’s been the Tigers’ starting center fielder since they moved Austin Jackson to the Mariners on July 31 as part of the David Price trade and there really isn’t a reliable backup for that spot on the Detroit bench.

Ezequiel Carrera will get the nod Sunday afternoon against the Twins. Detroit can grab its fourth straight AL Central title with a win over Minnesota. A loss could set up a Game 163 tiebreaker against the Royals.

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).