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Rob Manfred, Tony Clark meet in a ‘productive’ face-to-face meeting

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Jon Heyman reports that MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred and MLBPA Executive Director Tony Clark had “what’s being called a productive meeting face-to-face in Arizona.”

Heyman says that the in-person meeting was called at Manfred’s request, which makes sense given that the ball, negotiations-wise, was in his court. As you’ll recall, the last exchange involved Clark challenging MLB to put out a schedule and tell the players “when and where” they’re going to play. Manfred, in response, went on ESPN on Monday and said that he was not certain there would be a season at all.

There are no details yet about what Clark and Manfred discussed, but at least it’s something.

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).