Oakland has placed first baseman Ike Davis on the disabled list with a strained left hip.
Davis hasn’t cracked a .750 OPS since 2012, but he showed some flashes of good production during that time and was decent for the Mets and Pirates last year. For the A’s he’s been more valuable as a mop-up pitcher than as a starting first baseman, hitting just .229 with three homers and a .652 OPS in 74 games.
Davis is making $3.8 million this season, so it’s tough to imagine the A’s wanting to keep him for a similar salary via the arbitration process next year. He might be done in Oakland.
Jake Smolinski takes Davis’ roster spot after being up with the A’s earlier this season.
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).