Angels’ Pujols makes 3,000 history
The Associated Press
SEATTLE — Albert Pujols became the 32nd player in major league history to reach 3,000 hits, getting a broken-bat single to right field off Seattle’s Mike Leake in the fifth inning to join the exclusive club Friday night.
The Angels led, 3-0 in the sixth inning, at the Mirror’s deadline.
Pujols dumped the single into shallow right field on his sixth attempt to reach the mark after getting to 2,999. He received a standing ovation from the crowd in Seattle and was given the baseball as a memento. His teammates all greeted Pujols on the field before action resume.
Pujols nearly got the mark in the first inning, but his hard liner was right at shortstop Jean Segura. Pujols walked on a 3-2 pitch leading off the fourth inning after fouling off four two-strike pitches.
The 38-year-old Pujols joined Hank Aaron, Willie Mays and Alex Rodriguez as the fourth player in baseball history with 3,000 hits and 600 homers. He’s the first player to reach the mark since Adrian Beltre last year against Baltimore.
Mets part ways with Harvey
NEW YORK — Matt Harvey, once regarded as a premier pitcher who could join Tom Seaver and Dwight Gooden among the New York Mets’ greats, refused a minor league assignment and will be designated for assignment today.
The 29-year-old right-hander lost his spot in the rotation last month after four starts, and he had a 10.50 ERA in four relief appearances.
“We’ve tried to find some other solution over a fairly long period of time,” Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said before Friday night’s game against Colorado. “This was a long time coming.”
After Harvey is designated, the Mets have seven days to trade him or release him. Because of Harvey’s $5,625,000 salary, a trade may be difficult to work out unless the Mets agree to send cash as part of a deal. Harvey is 0-2 with a 7.00 ERA in four starts and four relief appearances, leaving him with a 34-37 record and 3.66 ERA in six major league seasons.