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Albert Pujols homers to reach 2,000 career RBI

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Albert Pujols has just joined one of the most exclusive clubs in all of Major League Baseball: the 2,000 RBI club. He reached number 2,000 this afternoon with a solo homer — the 639th dinger of his career — in the third inning in the Angels’ game against the Tigers in Detroit.

When he crossed the plate after that homer he became only the fifth player to top 2,000 career RBI. The whole club:

Hank Aaron: 2,297
Babe Ruth: 2,214
Alex Rodriguez: 2,086
Cap Anson: 2,075
Albert Pujols: 2,000

That’s the list according to Baseball-Reference.com, anyway. The Elias Sports Bureau only counts RBI since 1920, so it leaves out Anson and cuts down Ruth’s total by over 200. Major League Baseball leaves out most of Anson but counts some and has a different total for Ruth than Baseball-Reference.com does for reasons which are only clear to them, likely dealing with how the pre-1920 data was mined. Personally, I consider Baseball-Reference.com infallible until told otherwise, so let’s call Pujols fifth.

Anyway, I know RBI is not as important a stat as it has historically been made out to be, but it’s still a rare accomplishment to collect this many of them. Besides, Pujols has long since ensured himself a place in the Hall of Fame, so this is just some sugar on top. Let’s enjoy the sugar:

Report: Red Sox to sign Zack Godley

Red Sox sign Zack Godley
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Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports that the Red Sox are nearing an agreement with pitcher Zack Godley. It is still unclear whether the contract will be of the minor or major league variety.

Godley, 30, was with the Tigers on a minor league contract but the club released him in early April. The right-hander pitched for the Diamondbacks and Blue Jays last season, amassing 92 innings with a 5.97 ERA and a 70/42 K/BB ratio. Godley was quite solid for the D-Backs in 2017, posting a 3.37 ERA over 155 innings, so the Red Sox are hoping to see that version of him.

The Red Sox need starting pitching depth with Chris Sale out for the year due to Tommy John surgery and Eduardo Rodríguez sidelined because of a positive COVID-19 test. Collin McHugh is also still on the mend from an elbow injury. The starting rotation at the moment includes Nathan Eovaldi, Martín Pérez, Ryan Weber, and Brian Johnson. It is certainly the club’s biggest weakness.

The Red Sox open up the 2020 regular season at home against the Orioles on July 24. Eovaldi would seem to be the one to get the Opening Day nod. Godley could slot in anywhere else in the rotation, from No. 2 to 5.