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Yadier Molina added to NL All-Star roster

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Earlier, we learned that Giants catcher Buster Posey would miss the 2018 All-Star Game in Washington, D.C. due to inflammation in his right hip. Now, we have learned his replacement: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina.

Molina, 35, is now a nine-time All-Star. This season, he’s hitting .278/.320/.495 with 13 home runs and 38 RBI in 231 plate appearances. He missed about a month between May 6 and June 4 with an, um, unfortunate injury. So he deserves some love for that alone, though he’s certainly deserving for other reasons.

Molina joins fellow catchers Willson Contreras and J.T. Realmuto on the NL All-Star squad. Francisco Cervelli, Yasmani Grandal, and Kurt Suzuki were likely other candidates under consideration for Posey’s roster spot before Molina was selected.

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).