He did it again: Kris Bryant hits ninth homer of spring

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It probably won’t influence whether he makes the Opening Day roster, because that’s more about service time rules than his performance, but Cubs uber-prospect Kris Bryant continued to dominate this afternoon with his ninth home run of spring training.

Bryant, who was last season’s minor league player of the year, came into today hitting .480 with a 2.072 OPS in 10 spring games. (Seriously, those are his actual numbers.) Today’s homer came off A’s left-hander Drew Pomeranz.

Bryant is expected to begin the season at Triple-A because by waiting just a couple weeks to call him up the Cubs can push back his eventual free agency by an entire extra 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).