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Nationals, Dodgers “at top of the Darren O’Day pack”

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ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported last week that the Dodgers are in “big time” pursuit of free agent reliever Darren O'Day. And now Crasnick adds the Nationals to the list of enthusiastic suitors.

Crasnick writes Sunday that Washington — in bad need of a bullpen revamp — has joined Los Angeles “at the top of the Darren O’Day pack.”

The 33-year-old right-hander had a 1.52 ERA and 82/14 K/BB ratio in 65 1/3 innings this past season for the Orioles. He boasts a 1.92 ERA over his last 263 innings dating back to 2012.

FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal says O’Day is seeking a four-year contract in the $28-36 million range.

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).