Dan Haren spent all offseason saying he only wanted to play for a team on the West Coast, before and after the Dodgers traded him to the Marlins, but he eventually stopped talking about retiring at age 35, relented, and agreed to spend this season in Miami.
And through two starts the Marlins are very happy he did. Haren tossed six innings of one-run ball against the Rays in his first start last week and followed that up with seven innings of two-run ball against the Braves today.
Not bad for a guy the Dodgers basically paid the Marlins to take off their hands after Haren exercised his $10 million player option for 2015, covering his entire salary as part of the Dee Gordon trade regardless of whether he kept playing or retired.
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).