Yonder Alonso to have MRI exam on shoulder injury

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Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso injured his right shoulder diving to field a ground ball Thursday night and will undergo an MRI exam to assess the damage.

Barry Bloom of MLB.com reports that he “screamed out in pain” and it sure sounds like the Padres are expecting to be without Alonso for more than just a few days.

It’s a shame, because after years of underwhelming production and injuries sapping the potential he once showed as a top prospect Alonso has hit .333 with as many walks (13) as strikeouts (13) and an .837 OPS in 26 games. In the previous three seasons for the Padres he hit .268 with a .719 OPS.

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).