Albert Pujols continued to build on his Hall of Fame case on Friday after launching a 430-foot home run off of the Royals’ Danny Duffy. The Angels slugger scored David Fletcher to put up a two-spot in the first inning and give the club an early advantage; it was just his fourth home run and 12th and 13th RBI of the season to date.
Adding those to his career totals, Pujols now boasts a cumulative 637 homers and 1,995 runs batted in, the latter of which Elias Sports considers good enough to land him a fourth-place spot on the all-time list behind Hank Aaron (2,297), Álex Rodríguez (2,086), and Barry Bonds (1,996).
After he passes Bonds up, he’ll have a ways to go in order to overtake A-Rod for the no. 3 spot.
The Angels currently lead the Royals 3-0 in the sixth.
The Athletic’s Andrew Baggarly and Zach Buchanan report that Diamondbacks starter Madison Bumgarner has been competing in rodeos under a fake name as recently as December. The fake name is Mason Saunders. Bumgarner explains that “Mason” is shortened from “Madison,” while “Saunders” is his wife’s maiden name.
Bumgarner — err, Saunders — and one of his rodeo partners, Jaxson Tucker, won $26,560 in a team-roping rodeo competition in December. The Rancho Rio Arena posted a picture of the pair on Facebook, highlighting that they roped four steers in 31.36 seconds.
As Baggarly and Buchanan point out, Bumgarner also pointed out in a rodeo competition last March, just a couple days before pitching in a Cactus League game versus the Athletics, back when he was still with the Giants.
Bumgarner suffered bruised ribs and a left shoulder AC sprain in 2017 when he got into a dirt bike accident. Given that, Bumgarner’s latest extracurricular activity does raise a concern for the Diamondbacks, who inked him to a five-year, $85 million contract two months ago. Baggarly and Buchanan asked Bumgarner about such a concern. Bumgarner referred them to the club’s managing partner Ken Kendrick. Kendrick directed them to GM Mike Hazen. Hazen declined speaking about “specific contract language.” For what it’s worth, Bumgarner says he primarily uses his right hand to rope.
The jig is up on Bumgarner’s hobby. He jokingly said to The Athletic’s pair, “I’m nervous about this interview right now.” He added, “I’m upset with both you two.”