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Matt Holliday suffers a fractured thumb


Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday is heading for the disabled list after being fracturing his right thumb in last night’s game against the Cubs.

Holliday was hit by a Mike Montgomery fastball. The Cardinals aren’t sure how long he’ll be out, but they only have 47 games left. As such, St. Louis will have to do without Holliday’s pop — he has 19 homers on the year — and instead run out combinations of Tommy Pham, Randal Grichuk and Jeremy Hazelbaker to cover for the seven time All-Star.

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).