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Video: Ronald Acuña hits another leadoff home run


Braves outfielder Ronald Acuña recently drew the ire of the Marlins after hitting a leadoff home run in three consecutive games against them. That led Marlins starter José Ureña to drill him with the first pitch of the next game, hitting Acuña in the right elbow. Acuña was unharmed but Ureña was fined and suspended six games by Major League Baseball.

Acuña isn’t letting anyone make him afraid to hit leadoff homers. He did it again on Wednesday night. After falling behind 1-2 to Pirates starter Trevor Williams in the top of the first inning, Acuña jumped on an 83 MPH change-up, belting it over the fence in left field.

That’s home run no. 20 on the year for the 20-year-old Acuña. He entered Wednesday’s action batting .286/.352/.557 in 318 plate appearances. He has lived up to the hype and then some this season.

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).