Sunday June 7th, 2015

Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Albert Pujols hit a solo home run in the first inning of Sunday’s game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium, giving him his 535th career home run and sole possession of 17th on baseball’s all-time list after passing Jimmie Foxx.

Pujols had tied Foxx with a home run Tuesday night against the Tampa Bay Rays. Over 20 major-league seasons from 1925 to 1945, Foxx batted .325 with 534 home runs and 1,922 RBIs over 2,317 games with the Philadelphia Athletics, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs and Philadelphia Phillies.

Sunday was Pujols’ 2,170th career game. His home run to left field came two pitches after Mike Trout had done the same, sending a CC Sabathia pitch over the leftfield wall.

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The home run put Pujols one away from tying Mickey Mantle for 16th on the all-time home run list. It was his 15th of the season, putting him fifth among American League hitters Sunday afternoon.

Pujols entered the game hitting .254 with 28 RBIs and a .796 OPS over 53 games.

Trout’s home run was his 16th of the season.

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Mike Fiammetta

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