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Nick Swisher will sit out the rest of 2016, but insists he is not retiring


Outfielder Nick Swisher opted out of his minor league deal with the Yankees following the birth of his second child. He intends to sit out the remainder of the 2016 season, but insisted in a Facebook post that he is not retiring.

After the birth of my second child, I’ve decided to take a step back and spend the rest of this season full time with my…

Posted by Nick Swisher on Saturday, July 2, 2016

Swisher, 35, hit .255/.297/.377 with seven home runs and 25 RBI in 236 plate appearances with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He’s a few years separated since he was last a productive hitter, as he finished with a .608 OPS in 2014 with the Indians and a combined .631 OPS last season between the Indians and Braves. Undoubtedly, Swisher will be fielding minor league offers during the offseason.

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).