Rockies, Jordan Lyles avoid arbitration

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Right-hander Jordan Lyles and the Rockies have avoided arbitration with a one-year, $2.475 million deal, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com.

Lyles underwent season-ending surgery in early June to repair a damaged ligament in his toe, finishing with a 5.14 ERA in 10 starts. Two seasons ago he showed a lot more promise with a 4.33 ERA in 127 innings.

As if often the case when a significant injury is involved, Lyles is accepting the same salary he was paid in 2015 and will not get a standard raise via the arbitration system. At age 25 and with a 5.10 career ERA this will be a crucial season for Lyles.

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).