Twins calling up Trevor May to replace injured Ricky Nolasco

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Minnesota did everything it could to avoid giving a rotation spot to prospect Trevor May, but now that Ervin Santana is suspended for half the season and Ricky Nolasco is hurt the Twins have little choice but to turn to the 25-year-old right-hander.

Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that the Twins are expected to call up May from Triple-A and will likely place Nolasco on the disabled list with an elbow injury.

May’s big-league debut last season was mostly a mess, but after a brutal first few outings he posted a nice 41/9 K/BB ratio in his final 37 innings. He’s not a top prospect–I ranked him 11th within the Twins’ well-stocked farm system–but May pitched well at Triple-A last season and doesn’t have much left to prove in the minors at this point.

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).