It’s official: the Red Sox have placed Justin Masterson on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder tendinitis.
Masterson has a 6.37 ERA in seven starts this season, with his last two being terrible. Sox manager John Farrell said Masterson was “clearly not right.” For his part, Masterson is not pleased with the move and says he’s feeling fine, just pitching like crap, which suggests that this is the Sox simply removing him from action. Not that you can blame them.
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).