Ricky Nolasco hasn’t been much good for the Twins since signing a four-year, $49 million deal last offseason, but he’s ready to come off the disabled list and Minnesota is bumping another starter from the rotation to make room.
Nolasco will rejoin the rotation Saturday after missing time with an elbow injury and Tommy Milone has been demoted to the bullpen after starting four games with a 4.76 ERA and 13/11 K/BB ratio in 23 innings.
Nolasco has a 5.61 ERA in 28 starts for the Twins, but the Twins weren’t going to cut bait on someone they still owe $35 million and they opted to keep Trevor May and Mike Pelfrey in the rotation over Milone.
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).