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Jeremy Hellickson will make his Nationals debut on Monday

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MASN’s Dan Kolko reports that Jeremy Hellickson will make his Nationals debut on Monday when the club opens up a three-game series against the Mets in New York. Hellickson will oppose Jacob deGrom.

Hellickson is taking the rotation spot of the struggling A.J. Cole, who has given up 12 runs in nine innings across two starts to begin the season. There is a chance Cole could be sent down to Triple-A on Monday when the Nationals need to open up a spot on the 25-man roster for Hellickson.

The Nationals signed Hellickson to a minor league deal in mid-March, then re-signed him to a new minor league deal at the end of the month. Last season between the Phillies and Orioles, Hellickson put up a 5.43 ERA with a 96/47 K/BB ratio in 164 innings of work.

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).