Albert Pujols singles to right field to join MLB's 3000-hit club

Albert Pujols singles to right field to join MLB's 3000-hit club

Giants 9, Braves 5: Visiting San Francisco combined a six-run outburst in the second inning with a solid start from Chris Stratton to end Atlanta's five-game winning streak.

Pujols dumped the single into shallow right field in the fifth inning against Mike Leake.

The Angels (20-12) and Mariners (18-13) play at 6 p.m. Saturday, with Marco Gonzales (3-2) pitching opposite Tyler Skaggs (3-2). "He's a competitor at every second that he's on the field".

Entering Friday, Albert Pujols sits just one hit shy of 3,000 for his career.

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Pujols would hit his first home run three games later, off Armando Reynoso of the Arizona Diamondbacks, and he was on his way. He did it in style too, blasting a grand slam in the fourth inning against the Brewers. He belted a towering three-run homer in the fourth as the first batter after Price was pulled from the game. But of all the moments remembered from that series, game three stands out. The roof was left open for an extended period before finally being closed.

Baltimore strung together four singles and scored two runs in the sixth, but Barria pitched his way out of the inning and left to a standing ovation.

Rookie Miguel Andujar delivered the game-winning single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning as NY squandered a five-run lead and overcame two wild pitches by closer Aroldis Chapman in a victory over Cleveland at Yankee Stadium. The 23-year-old Venezuelan then walked and scored his first career run in the eighth.

While he has slowed on the basepaths during the Anaheim chapter of his career, this season also has been rejuvenating for Pujols, who is playing first base regularly after several years primarily serving as a designated hitter. "That homer just deflated everybody in that stadium when it happened..." "That's what I told those guys". Now, his respect for Pujols has only increased.

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Once you take a look at his stats, it's easy to see why he is held in such high regard.

Between Pujols and the first combined no-hitter in Dodgers history, Friday was a very busy day for Los Angeles baseball. "It's not fun, but I know the work that's going in".

With three more years on his Angels contract, Pujols is not done climbing the list.

Carew, however, nearly didn't get there. His 99.4 career WAR leads Beltre among active players, and he could become just the 21st position player to reach 100 WAR (and just the 10th to start his career after World War II). "It's something in this game I really, really don't like". "Reggie said, 'If you do I'm going to kick you in the rear.' He said, 'Rod, you're going to do something that will mean too much to you and others, ' so I chose to stay on". Then, Pujols notched his second hit, No. 3,001, in the ninth inning to drive in two runs. Dodgers pitchers had 13 strikeouts with five walks. The rest of the Angels team came pouring out of the dugout led by Mike Trout and catcher Rene Rivera.

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"I think he's trying to work through some things with Ski and Pauly, and I think he's making progress", Scioscia said. Ohtani also threw a light bullpen session. "He feels good today", Scioscia said.

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