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Report: Cardinals and Pirates likely to play a game in Williamsport, PA

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Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals and Pirates are likely to play a regular season game in Williamsport, Pennsylvania on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Little League World Series. The particular game is scheduled for August 20 and would be relocated from the Pirates’ PNC Park.

Williamsport, of course, is home to the complex that hosts the Little League World Series, but also has BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field, the third oldest park in minor league baseball. Presumably, that stadium — which seats 4,200 — would be used for the Cardinals-Pirates game.

As Goold notes, this isn’t the first time Major League Baseball has held a regular season game in a ballpark that doesn’t belong to one of its 30 teams. The Marlins and Braves played at Fort Bragg last year. And MLB wanted to play in Puerto Rico but the Zika virus changed those plans.

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).