Yankees will promote Rob Refsnyder on Saturday


Yankees manager Joe Girardi confirmed that second base prospect Rob Refsnyder will be promoted to the major leagues on Saturday and will be in the starting lineup to make his major league debut, MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports.

Refsnyder, 24, entered the season rated as the Yankees’ fifth-best prospect, according to MLB.com. With Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this season, he has hit .290/.387/.413 with seven home runs, 37 RBI, and 10 stolen bases.

Despite hitting 12 home runs, Stephen Drew hasn’t done much otherwise offensively while holding down second base for the Yankees, as he owns a .632 OPS. Refsnyder will be given a chance to win the regular job at second base outright.

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).