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Albert Pujols passed Harmon Killebrew for 11th all-time in home runs


Angels 1B/DH Albert Pujols went 2-for-5 in Saturday’s 7-3 loss to the Athletics, belting a solo home run in the fifth inning off of Dillon Overton. The blast was No. 574 of the veteran’s career, breaking a tie with Harmon Killebrew to put him in sole possession of 11th place on the all-time home run leaderboard.

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Pujols now has his sights on Mark McGwire, who hit 583 home runs and his 10th on the list. Frank Robinson is not far beyond that with 586 followed by Sammy Sosa’s 609.

Pujols also homered on Friday and now sits with 14 on the season along with 48 RBI and a .233/.308/.409 triple-slash line. If the season were to end today, his .716 OPS would be by far a career low. He hasn’t finished a season with an OPS above .800 since 2012, though his marks the last three seasons have all rated above-average after adjusting for league and park factors.

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).