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Twins claim C.J. Cron on waivers

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The Minnesota Twins have claimed 1B/DH C.J. Cron off waivers from the Tampa Bay Rays.

Cron was designated for assignment by the Rays last week despite hitting a career-best 30 homers with a .253/.323/.493 batting line over 140 games in 2018. A lot of that, of course, has to do with just how cheap life is for corner types with little defensive value in this day and age. Cron made $2.3 million in 2018 and, with two years of team control remaining, will get a raise, but too much of one for the Rays to stomach.

The Twins, though, could certainly use a guy like that, so the Rays’ loss will be their gain.

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).