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Jose Fernandez wants a pitchers’ Home Run Derby, too


Recently, Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner said he’d love to participate in the Home Run Derby if asked. Shortly thereafter, Cubs ace Jake Arrieta and Cardinals veteran starter Adam Wainwright voiced their interest in a pitchers’ Home Run Derby.

You can add Marlins phenom Jose Fernandez to that list, as Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports. Fernandez said, “I want in for sure. Oh my God, it would be amazing.”

Fernandez continued, “We should do our own Home Run Derby. I think it would be very fun for baseball. I think the fans would love to see that.”

The 23-year-old right-hander has already cranked out a pair of home runs in his career, spanning parts of four seasons. While Bumgarner would be the overwhelming favorite to win any pitchers-only Home Run Derby, Fernandez could at least hold his own.

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).