Ex-MLBer Russell Branyan arrested for breaking into his ex-wife’s house

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Via Deadspin we learn that ex-MLB player Russell Branyan was arrested recently for breaking into his ex-wife’s house in Tennessee while she was sleeping. He stole a number of items from the house and turned the thermostat way down to make it super cold in the house.

While the thermostat part sounds rather prankish, this whole episode is pretty disturbing, especially in light of the fact that in 2008, while he was still married to her, he was arrested on domestic violence for striking her in the face and cutting her lip. Aggressions, major or minor, can escalate quickly in a domestic situation, and that’s even if you ignore the fact that he broke in to her house.

Branyan has been out of baseball for a couple of years now. It sounds like he needs to be removed from his current environment in some way or another as well.

 

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).