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Video: Bryce Harper reaches the third deck with his 20th homer


Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper joined the 20-homer club in style, clubbing a 3-1 Bud Norris fastball into the third deck in right field at Nationals Park for a two-run homer, breaking a scoreless tie in the first inning.

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It’s the 23-year-old’s fourth 20-homer season. As Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post notes, Harper is the 12th player in baseball history to have four 20-homer seasons before his 24th birthday.

Harper entered Wednesday’s action batting .248/.390/.471 with 19 homers and 52 RBI, as well as 72 walks to lead the majors.

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).