Athletics claim Alex Hassan off waivers from the Orioles

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The Athletics have claimed outfielder Alex Hassan off waivers from the Orioles, the club announced Friday afternoon. To make room for Hassan on the 40-man roster, the A’s moved pitcher A.J. Griffin to the 60-day disabled list.

It’s the second time the Athletics have claimed Hassan off waivers this offseason. In November, they claimed him from the Red Sox, and three days later, the Orioles claimed him from the A’s.

Hassan, 26, made his major league debut in June but accrued only nine plate appearances in the show. He singled once, drew a walk, scored a run, and struck out five times. However, Hassan put up good numbers in the minors, including a .378 on-base percentage in 474 plate appearances with Triple-A Pawtucket last season.

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).