Pujols joins 3000-hit club, then passes Clemente

Pujols joins 3000-hit club, then passes Clemente

Pujols is also just the fourth player in Major League Baseball history to have 600 home runs along with 3,000 hits.

Pujols is the 32nd player to achieve 3,000 hits and is the ninth player to hit 600 home runs.

Pujols almost got the mark in the first inning, but his hard liner was right at shortstop Jean Segura. Most of Stratton's support came in the second inning, when the Giants plated six runs against Atlanta starter Mike Foltynewicz (2-2).The right-hander gave up a season-high six runs on nine hits in five innings and lost for the first time since April 10.

Pujols would hit his first home run three games later, off Armando Reynoso of the Arizona Diamondbacks, and he was on his way.

Between Pujols and the first combined no-hitter in Dodgers history, Friday was a very busy day for Los Angeles baseball. "It's something you don't aim for or focus on, but when you're this close, you're like, 'Wow, that's a lot of hits, '" Pujols told ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick. He started on Opening Day in left field and his first hit was off Colorado Rockies pitcher Mike Hampton.

Pujols became the second Dominican to reach the mark after Beltre.

After being drafted, Pujols played just one season of minor baseball and become a full time member of the Cardinals in the 2001 season.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Lucas Duda had three hits and drove in four runs, leading Kansas City to the victory.




Yankees 7, Indians 6: 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. "Then three days later, on Opening Day, I got my first hit".

"Obviously, it's fun, but I was more anxious about trying to stay up in the big leagues". Plutko (1-0) allowing three runs - all on homers - and six hits in 7 1/3 innings. Growing up surrounded by cars, I knew that whatever I did as an adult, it had to involve them. He averaged.331, 41 homers, 123 RBIs and 190 hits per season.

Pujols would have reached the plateau sooner if not for the free passes.

Pujols doubled against Miguel Castro in the second inning, scoring Trout and Upton to put the Angels ahead 8-0. His accomplishment also means a player has made his way into the exclusive fraternity four years in a row.

Regardless, Pujols' career really should be viewed for what it is, rather than what it could have been.

He said it took the words of Reggie Jackson, another future Hall of Famer playing out the string in his career, to get him back on track.

That extra $50,000 by the Cardinals was worth the investment.

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