X-rays negative on Andrew McCutchen’s elbow


UPDATE: The Pirates just announced that X-rays came back negative on McCutchen’s elbow. He’ll be re-evaluated Sunday, but it sounds like Pirates fans can let out a sigh of relief.

4:50 p.m. ET: According to Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen left today’s game against the Braves after he was hit in the left elbow by a 91 mph fastball from Julio Teheran in the first inning. Jung Ho Kang replaced him as a pinch-runner.

This is the second time that McCutchen has been hit by a pitch in as many days. He was hit in the back by Williams Perez in the fifth inning last night, but stayed in the game.

We’ll pass along an update when we know more, but obviously it would be a tough blow for the Pirates if McCutchen needs to miss an extended period of time.

McCutchen, 28, batted .295/.384/.490 with nine home runs and 44 RBI over 72 games this season. He has bounced back significantly after a slow start.

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).