Twins center fielder Byron Buxton put a stop to the Astros’ ninth-inning rally Saturday night at Minute Maid Park with a lightning-quick reaction on a two-out, bases-loaded line drive off the bat of Jose Altuve. If the ball drops in front of Buxton, the Astros at least tie the game. If the ball gets past Buxton, it’s a walkoff win for Houston. Altuve hit a scorcher to center and Buxton had very little time to react.
MLB.com’s Statcast gives us a breakdown of the 21-year-old top prospect’s first step, top speed, total ground covered, and route efficiency on the sweet game-ending snag …
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Minnesota is currently 1 1/2 games back of the second American League Wild Card spot.
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).