Mariners and Reds are close to a Zack Cozart trade

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Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune says that the Mariners and Reds are closing in on a trade involving Zack Cozart. He says the trade isn’t done yet, but both sides are confident that a deal can be worked out.

Cozart is hitting a respectable .266/.317/.462 for the Reds this year. He’s never played anyplace in the bigs except shortstop. The Mariners have a shortstop for now and the future in Ketel Marte, but he’s on the disabled list with mono and that’s something that can really sap a person. It’s unclear if he’d be ready and able to play when he’s eligible to come off the disabled list later this week.

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).