John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 98.7 Phoenix reports that the Diamondbacks have officially hired Torey Lovullo as the club’s new manager. Lovullo had been considered the favorite for the job since Mike Hazen left the Red Sox to join the Diamondbacks as GM.
Lovullo, 51, had served as bench coach for the Red Sox since 2013. He interviewed previously for manager positions with the Rangers and Twins going into the 2015 season but Jeff Banister and Paul Molitor were hired, respectively.
Nick Piecoro of azcentral.com reports that the Diamondbacks will likely lose Triple-A manager Phil Nevin, who was in the running for the job. Nevin is expected to join the Giants as a coach.
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).