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Mets lose Kevin Plawecki to broken hand

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A couple of days ago the Mets lost catcher Travis d'Arnaud to a partial UCL tear, forcing backup Kevin Plawecki into the starting job.

So much for that: Plawecki has been diagnosed with a fractured left hand after being hit by a pitch in last night’s game. Mets manager Mickey Callaway had initially said after last night’s game that the X-rays on Plawecki’s hand were negative, but either he was mistaken or additional X-rays revealed the fracture.

For now Tomas Nido, who came up to back up Plawecki, will take over with Jose Lobaton coming on to join him. It seems clear, though, that the Mets, who have shown themselves to be clear contenders in the early going, will need to look for a more permanent and, frankly, better solution.

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).