Albert Pujols passes Reggie Jackson with 564th career home run

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Albert Pujols tied Reggie Jackson for 13th on baseball’s all-time home run leaderboard with his 563rd career home run on Sunday. On Monday night, Pujols passed him with number 564. Pujols ripped an Ian Kennedy fastball to left-center for a solo home run in the bottom of the third inning, extending the Angels’ lead to 4-0 over the Royals.

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The homers in back-to-back games are a good sight to see for the Angels, as Pujols came into his historic at-bat on Sunday in an 0-for-26 slump. After the homer, Pujols is hitting .162/.235/.338 with four home runs and 13 RBI in 81 plate appearances.

Rafael Palmeiro is Pujols’ next target at 569 home runs.

Rays moving spring camp due to damage caused by hurricane

Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Rays are relocating their spring base for 2023 due to extensive damage to team training facilities caused by Hurricane Ian.

The Rays have trained since 2009 in Port Charlotte, Florida, about 90 minutes south of St. Petersburg, and intend to explore several options before making a decision on where to hold spring training and play Grapefruit League games when camp opens.

The team and Charlotte County released a joint statement Thursday, saying damage to Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte can’t be repaired in time to host games this winter.

“Charlotte County supports the Rays efforts to secure alternative accommodations for 2023 spring training,” the statement said.

“We are all disappointed for the residents of Charlotte County and the fans there. The community is in the thoughts and hearts of the Rays, and the team will continue to support recovery efforts,” the statement added. “The Rays and Charlotte County intend to develop a restoration plan for Charlotte Sports Park in the coming weeks.”