Jacob Rhame suspended two games for throwing at Rhys Hoskins

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Major League Baseball announced on Thursday evening that Mets reliever Jacob Rhame has been suspended two games for throwing at Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins in the ninth inning of Tuesday night’s game. We discussed the issue at length here, so we won’t rehash the whole situation again.

Rhame can appeal his punishment. If he doesn’t, his suspension would begin on Friday night, when the Mets open up a three-game home series with the Brewers.

After Tuesday’s game, Rhame said of Hoskins’ reaction to the up-and-in pitch, “When you accidentally sail one, it’s probably pretty scary. I’d probably get [angry], too.” He did not admit to intentionally throwing at Hoskins, of course. MLB must have felt there was enough evidence and context to conclude that Rhame didn’t just miss his spot.

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).