Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports that Angels first baseman Albert Pujols has agreed to participate in the 2015 Home Run Derby, hosted at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. It will be the fourth Derby in which Pujols has appeared, and his first since 2009.
Pujols first participated in 2003 and lost to Garrett Anderson. He only made it to Round 2 in 2007 and again in 2009.
Pujols, 35, is having a terrific bounce-back season, hitting .265/.337/.557 with 53 RBI and an AL-best 25 home runs. He hit 28 in total last year and 17 during an injury-shortened 2013 season.
ARLINGTON, Texas — Yankees slugger Aaron Judge wasn’t in the starting lineup for New York’s regular-season finale, a day after his 62nd home run that broke Roger Maris’ 61-year-old American League single-season record.
When Judge homered in the first inning Tuesday night, in the second game of a doubleheader against the Texas Rangers, it was his 55th consecutive game. He has played in 157 games overall for the AL East champions.
With the first-round bye in the playoffs, the Yankees won’t open postseason play until the AL Division Series starts next Tuesday.
Even though Judge had indicated that he hoped to play Wednesday, manager Aaron Boone said after Tuesday night’s game that they would have a conversation and see what made the most sense.
“Short conversation,” Boone said before Wednesday’s game, adding that he was “pretty set on probably giving him the day today.”
Asked if there was a scenario in which Judge would pinch hit, Boone responded, “I hope not.”
Judge went into the final day of the regular season batting .311, trailing American League batting average leader Minnesota’s Luis Arraez, who was hitting .315. Judge was a wide leader in the other Triple Crown categories, with his 62 homers and 131 RBIs.
Boone said that “probably the one temptation” to play Judge had been the long shot chance the slugger had to become the first AL Triple Crown winner since Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera in 2012.