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Albert Pujols hits career home run No. 615


Angels first baseman Albert Pujols is back on the climb up baseball’s all-time home run leaderboard. The 38-year-old veteran slugged career home run No. 615, a solo home run in the top of the sixth inning off of Kendall Graveman, breaking a 4-4 tie.

Pujols passed Hall of Famer Jim Thome late last season to take over seventh place all-time. Ken Griffey, Jr. is his next target at 630 — certainly an attainable goal if he’s able to stay healthy.

Pujols is in the seventh year of his 10-year, $240 million contract signed in December 2011. He’ll make $27 million this season, followed by $28 million in 2019, $29 million in 2020, and $30 million in 2021. He had the worst season of his career last year, finishing with a career-low .672 OPS and -1.8 WAR (per Baseball Reference) in 636 plate appearances.

CC Sabathia hopes to play one more year

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Back in May, Yankees starter CC Sabathia said he’d retire if the Yankees won the World Series. That still may be the plan, but he recently told MLB.com that he’s going to try to pitch in 2019, health willing:

“I’m start to start. I go out one start and feel like I can pitch five more years. I go out another start and I’m done. But if I can stay healthy — if my knee holds up — hopefully I’ll play one more.”

Sabathia is enjoying a nice late-career renaissance, having transformed himself from the dominant lefty he used to be to a crafty one over the past several seasons. Sabathia will turn 38 on Saturday, but he’s having another solid season. He has a 3.51 ERA and 1.27 WHIP over 18 starts.

Will a World Series decide whether he hangs ’em up? Will his knee? Guess we’ll know by November.