Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols hit his 500th career home run Tuesday night in Washington when he connected off Nationals right-hander Taylor Jordan and it barely registered on the national consciousness. Pujols’ feat didn’t make the front sports page of many newspapers, and received modest television attention. Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Kyle Lohse, who was a teammate of Pujols with the St. Louis Cardinals, found that odd. Pujols became the 11th slugger to join the 500 Home Run Club since 1999, when just 15 players had reached the milestone.

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In the hours after Albert Pujols hit his 500th career homer, his cellphone kept buzzing early into Wednesday morning. There were texts and calls from the likes of fellow players David Ortiz and Derek Jeter. And there was a conversation with his first manager in the big leagues, Tony La Russa. ”I talked to Tony last night for 25 minutes,” Pujols said before his Los Angeles Angels played the Washington Nationals on Wednesday night.

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Albert Pujols smiled as he explained why he felt the need to apologize to his wife for hitting homer No. 500 so quickly after No. 499. Pujols became the first major leaguer to get his 499th and 500th homers in the same game, connecting twice Tuesday night and driving in five runs in the Los Angeles Angels’ 7-2 victory over the Washington Nationals.

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WASHINGTON — First baseman Albert Pujols hit two homers to reach 500 for his career and drove in five runs as the Los Angeles Angels beat the Washington Nationals 7-2 on Tuesday before 21,915 fans, most of whom gave a nice ovation to Pujols after he crushed his second homer in the fifth inning after hitting a 3-run homer in the first. Pujols took over the American League lead in homers with eight and has gone deep 24 times with 50 RBIs in 67 games against the Nationals. Washington manager Matt Williams was asked earlier this week if 500 homers would be significant for Pujols. The Pujols milestone came one night after young stars Mike Trout of the Angels and Bryce Harper of the Nationals met for the first time in regular-season play.

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Tyler Clippard and Ian Desmond didn’t have their best performances tonight against the Angels, but they are taking responsibility for their actions and doing their best to correct their mistakes.

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WASHINGTON — Pinch-hitter Raul Ibanez lined a bases loaded double to left-center with two outs in the eighth against reliever Tyler Clippard to break a 1-1 tie as the Los Angeles Angels beat the Washington Nationals 4-2 on Monday night. The Angels tied the game at 1-1 in eighth as shortstop Erick Aybar singled to right to score first baseman Albert Pujols, who led off the inning by reaching on an error by Washington shortstop Ian Desmond. After a walk to Angels catcher Chris Iannetta, hitting .195 at game time, Ibanez — normally the team’s DH — lined the game-winner as the Angels scored four unearned runs in the rally. Desmond hit a solo homer to lead off the ninth to cut the lead to 4-2 against reliever Ernesto Frieri, who got the final three outs to get the save as he fanned center fielder Denard Span for the last out with a runner on base.

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The Nationals’ late-inning rallies, capped by Denard Span’s walk-off sac fly, were the featured storyline of yesterday’s 3-2 victory over the Cardinals. But there was plenty more worth analyzing from the game, which included all sorts of twists and turns and notable developments.

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As Denard Span stepped to the plate late Sunday afternoon, bases full of teammates and the game tied in the bottom of the ninth, he paused for a moment to examine the Cardinals’ unusual-looking infield alignment. Span is a groundball hitter, always has been, but he knew anything on the grass or dirt could play right into St. Louis’ hands, sparking the double play manager Mike Matheny was seeking to send this game into extra innings. And when that pitch from Seth Maness finally came, when Span lofted a lazy flyball to left field that scored Danny Espinosa without a throw, everyone inside Nationals Park could finally celebrate after a long and mostly frustrating afternoon ended in a 3-2 victory. “Talk about those opportunities and giving ourselves that multiple times in a game … you like your chances, certainly,” manager Matt Williams said.

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After Bryce Harper was removed from Saturdays game against the St. Louis Cardinals, the explanation as to why came as quite the surprise. No, it had nothing to do with Harpers lingering quad tightness, it was for lack of hustle.

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The Toronto Blue Jays activated shortstop Jose Reyes from the 15-day disabled list Saturday before their game against the Cleveland Indians.

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