Miguel Sano did it again

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Miguel Sano‘s spectacular rookie season has been halted by a hamstring injury, which initially caused him to have a few very rough games in a row and then forced him out of the Twins’ lineup.

Wednesday night, with the Twins and Royals tied at 2-2 in the 12th inning, Minnesota manager Paul Molitor turned to a less-than-full-strength Sano off the bench as a pinch-hitter … and he delivered a game-winning home run.

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As the 22-year-old rookie has done so often Sano took the opposing pitcher out to the deep water of a 3-2 count and then drowned him with a 440-foot homer–his 16th homer in 57 games, which is by far a Twins team record (no one else has more than 11 through 57 career games).

Sano has a .981 OPS through 57 games. If he had enough playing time to qualify for the batting title that would rank second in the American League, sandwiched between Miguel Cabrera at 1.020 and Josh Donaldson at .966. He was born in 1993.

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).