The Cubs are calling up Willson Contreras

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Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cubs will promote top catching prospect Willson Contreras before tomorrow’s game.

Contreras is one of the game’s top prospects and he’s currently raking at Triple-A Iowa, boasting a .350/.439/.591 batting line with nine homers and 16 doubles in 239 plate appearances this season. How much he’ll play in Chicago is an open question, however, given that they already have two catchers in Miguel Montero and David Ross. Rosenthal says that the Cubs will carry three catchers for now. Worth noting that the Cubs do not play an interleague game until after the All-Star break, so DHing Contreras to see how his bat plays is not really an option for a while.

Given David Ross’ popularity in the clubhouse, status as a team leader and given how much Cubs pitchers like throwing to him (particularly Jon Lester), it seems more likely that Montero will get some more time on the pine in the short term.

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).