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Pujols Hits Emotional HR, Alonso Ties Record and More

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Albert Pujols’ return to St. Louis became even better with a home run in the second game of the Angels’ trip to face the Cardinals. Speaking of important home runs, the Mets’ Pete Alonso tied the team record for home runs in a rookie season — and we’re not even at the All-Star break. Elsewhere, teams continue to play musical chairs with their pitchers: The A’s put closer Blake Treinen on the injured list, the Braves sent down struggling Mike Foltynewicz and the Twins are signing former Angels and Indians closer Cody Allen, hoping to solve his problems.

Cardinals fans got the best of both worlds Saturday: Their beloved Albert Pujols hit a home run, but the Cardinals still won the game, beating the Angels 4-2.

Pete Alonso also broke the National League record for most homers before the All-Star break, though the Brewers’ Christian Yelich is ahead of him this season.

Liam Hendriks will take over as the A’s closer while Treinen is out.

If Minnesota can figure out what was wrong with Cody Allen in Anaheim, perhaps the Twins have found a closer for the stretch run.

Mike Foltynewicz was the Braves ace in 2018. Not so much this year.


• Pujols curtain call HR for Angels vs hometown Cards in loss | Associated Press

• Alonso hits record 26th HR, Mets rout Cubs 10-2 | Associated Press

• A’s put closer Treinen on IL with shoulder strain |

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