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Cardinals trade Tommy Pham to the Rays

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Jeff Passan of Yahoo reports that the St. Louis Cardinals have traded Tommy Pham to the Tampa Bay Rays. He says that Genesis Cabrera, Justin Williams and Roel Ramirez are headed to St. Louis. The Rays are also expected to receive international bonus money in the deal.

Pham, 30, is hitting .248/.331/.399 this year. It’s a disappointment following his outstanding 2018 season in which he hit .306/.411/.520 with 23 homers and garnered some MVP votes. A change of scenery may do him some good while also freeing up playing time for Harrison Bader in the Cardinals’ outfield rotation which has been somewhat unsettled for most of the season.

Cabrera is a 21-year-old pitcher, currently in Double-A. Williams is an outfielder, originally drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the second round in 2013. He’s played in one big league game and is currently batting .258/.313/.376 at Triple-A Durham. Ramirez is a righty, currently plying his trade in high-A ball.

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).