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Tigers fall, need win to host first round -2/27/2015, 10:20 AM

Tiger women, MIAA champs, hang on -2/27/2015, 10:29 AM

Monarchs survive on senior night -2/27/2015, 12:17 PM

With KU back in control, Jayhawks prepare for 'high drama' -2/27/2015, 10:19 AM

Nino Williams takes long road to success at Kansas State -2/27/2015, 10:18 AM

Sub-state basketball pairings -2/26/2015, 10:37 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Younger part of youth movement for Railers -2/26/2015, 10:48 AM

Big 12 reprimands K-State after court-storming -2/26/2015, 10:53 AM

Hays High's top four headed to Salina -2/26/2015, 10:36 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- HDN area state qualifiers -2/26/2015, 10:48 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Porsch seeks a repeat in state finale -2/26/2015, 10:49 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Freshman Hutchinson leads young group of Redmen -2/26/2015, 10:49 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Norton steps up again to have shot at 3-2-1A state crown -2/26/2015, 10:50 AM

Shockers fight past Indiana State, set up big Saturday -2/26/2015, 10:27 AM

Rhoades back at state -- this time in 4A -2/26/2015, 10:36 AM

TMP survives Plainville -2/25/2015, 11:26 AM

K-State issues apology -2/25/2015, 10:22 AM

HHS swept at Dodge -2/25/2015, 10:22 AM

Tuesday's area prep basketball boxscores -2/25/2015, 10:21 AM

Royals still hoping for Starling to break out -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

Penske revels in Logano's victory at Daytona 500 -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

Wildcat's win throws a roadblock at Jayhawks -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

KBCA prep basketball rankings, Feb. 23 -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

Wildcats get it done -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

No-name Hahn wins Northern Trust Open -2/23/2015, 10:24 AM

FHSU softball splits on Sunday in Minnesota -2/23/2015, 10:15 AM

Logano wins first Daytona 500 -2/23/2015, 10:15 AM

Lutz: VanVleet has another day to remember -2/23/2015, 10:14 AM

VanVleet takes Wichita State's assists title in win -2/23/2015, 10:14 AM

'Cats seek confidence before game with KU -2/23/2015, 10:14 AM

Perry Ellis, No. 8 Kansas rebound from loss, beat TCU -2/22/2015, 12:47 PM

Baylor drills K-State -2/22/2015, 12:48 PM

Monarch girls run away from Stockton -2/22/2015, 12:38 PM

TMP wins physical game at Stockton -2/22/2015, 12:39 PM

Mathews all-state for HHS -2/22/2015, 12:48 PM

HHS wins at Garden, jumps back into WAC race -2/22/2015, 12:41 PM

Wrestling roundup -- Hays High sends four to 4A state -2/22/2015, 8:19 PM

Victoria puts together complete game in win at Ness City -2/22/2015, 12:40 PM

HHS girls fall down early, lose at Garden -2/22/2015, 12:39 PM

Earnhardt Jr. makes Duel history, Patrick qualifies -2/20/2015, 10:19 AM

HHS sends relays to state -2/20/2015, 10:19 AM

Tiger baseball takes two from UCM -2/20/2015, 10:19 AM

Gene Stephenson says he's filed his own appeal -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

TCU takes out K-State -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

Bohuslavsky keys win for Tiger women -2/19/2015, 10:59 AM

Tiger men rally for MIAA win -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

Tiger women No. 1 in Central Region -2/18/2015, 5:04 PM

Tuesday's area prep basketball boxscores -2/18/2015, 11:22 AM

Barton's Hensley named Player of the Week -2/18/2015, 10:24 AM

TMP boys win, girls fall in Great Bend -2/18/2015, 10:24 AM

K-State hopes to build some momentum at TCU -2/18/2015, 10:24 AM

Two in a row for HHS girls -2/18/2015, 10:47 AM

Hot early, HHS boys get win at Abilene -2/18/2015, 10:47 AM

All is possible at Daytona -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

WVU tops Jayhawks in wild finish -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

Chiefs can find impact receiver in NFL draft -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

Chargers set sights on LA, push San Diego officials for action on stadium -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

Defense a constant for Shockers -2/17/2015, 10:26 AM

FHSU, UCM series moved to Hays -2/16/2015, 10:55 AM

KU prepares for full-court press -2/16/2015, 10:17 AM

Foster lifts Kansas State past Oklahoma on Saturday -2/16/2015, 10:16 AM

Three Tigers crowned MIAA champs -2/16/2015, 10:16 AM

Bowyer, after crash, slams qualifying format -2/16/2015, 10:16 AM

Phillipsburg girls knock off TMP at the buzzer -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Hays High girls snap losing skid -2/15/2015, 2:21 PM

Hays High stunned by Liberal at the buzzer -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Tiger women's streak halted at Pitt State -2/15/2015, 10:26 AM

Tiger softball 1-3 to start season -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Tiger men fall at Pitt -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Tigers drop to 0-2 with losses to Mines, Regis -2/15/2015, 1:10 AM

KU coach kicks off tour in Hays -2/13/2015, 11:10 AM

K-State guard Johnson laughs off hecklers at W. Virginia -2/13/2015, 10:13 AM

The Tigers' do-it-all Shaw -2/13/2015, 11:10 AM

Samac staying on court, providing big games for Tigers -2/13/2015, 11:09 AM

Wichita State baseball players see winning as antidote to distractions -2/13/2015, 10:12 AM

Royals, Herrera agree -2/13/2015, 10:12 AM

Royals purchase contract of Derek Gordon -2/13/2015, 10:12 AM

KU's Ellis near 1,000 points -2/13/2015, 10:12 AM

Hoxies' record just a matter of time? -2/12/2015, 3:26 PM

New coach, new season for FHSU softball -2/12/2015, 11:25 AM

Tigers look for better pitching in 2015 -2/12/2015, 10:14 AM

Shox roll to win -2/12/2015, 10:04 AM

Kansas State rally again falls short at W. Virginia -2/12/2015, 10:04 AM

FHSU wrestling rolls to dual win -2/12/2015, 10:04 AM

2015 Eight-Man All-Star rosters -2/11/2015, 11:54 AM

Indiana State backcourt thrives with new characters -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Scott City rolls over TMP -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Jayhawks cruise past Texas Tech -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Kansas State braces for Mountaineers' full-court press -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Salina Central outlasts Hays High -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Tigers' Lehman earns seventh MIAA honor -2/9/2015, 1:56 PM

FHSU's Samac earns MIAA men's honor -2/9/2015, 1:56 PM

KBCA rankings, Feb. 9 -2/9/2015, 1:47 PM

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North Carolina coaching icon Dean Smith dies at 83 -2/8/2015, 5:19 PM

Wichita State easily beats weakened Missouri State -2/8/2015, 4:52 PM

FHSU men hold off Hornets -2/8/2015, 8:58 PM

TMP's Rhoades third in Phillipsburg -2/8/2015, 8:58 PM

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Atwood 76, St. Francis 65

Dighton 62, Oberlin 47

Hillsboro 50, Goodland 47

Lakeside 42, Lincoln 32

Minneapolis 68, Russell 35

Rock Hills 42, Natoma 37

Salina Central 62, Andover 58

Salina South 62, Sacred Heart 47

Sharon Springs 75, Leoti 38

St. John's Beloit-Tipton 57, Osborne 34

Sylvan-Lucas 61, Thunder Ridge 48

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Dighton 44, Atwood 11

Dodge City 71, Hays High 28

Hesston 51, Goodland 18

Hoisington 60, Victoria 46

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Lincoln 33, Lakeside 26

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Pujols makes history with two home runs against Nationals

Published on -4/23/2014, 10:36 AM

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By Mike DiGiovanna

McClatchy-Tribune

WASHINGTON -- It was a majestic blast, exploding off the bat as if shot from a cannon, and as the ball arced its way toward the outer reaches of Nationals Park, it looked like it might put a dent in the Capitol dome beyond the left-field wall.

Albert Pujols doesn't hit many cheap home runs, and there was no doubt the shot the Angels slugger launched in the fifth inning of Tuesday night's 7-2 win over the Washington Nationals would make history.

Roughly18,000 men have played major league baseball since 1876, and only 26 of them have hit 500 home runs.

Pujols hammered his way into that exclusive club Tuesday when he crushed career home run No. 500, a two-run shot off Nationals right-hander Taylor Jordan that traveled an estimated 430 feet and over the Angels bullpen.

"It was a really good swing, a fastball, middle up, probably the best swing I have taken this year," said Pujols, who hit his 499th homer in the first inning, a three-run, 387-foot shot to left. "It came at a good time."

Pujols rounded the bases after his milestone homer with a huge grin, pointed to the sky as he rounded third and clapped his hands twice as he approached the plate. The Angels poured out of the dugout to greet him with hugs and high-fives, and he received a brief standing ovation from a crowd of 21,915.

Pujols, 34, is the first player to collect his 499th and 500th homers in the same game. He is the third-youngest player to reach 500 homers, behind Alex Rodriguez and Jimmie Fox, and the 10th to do so in the last 15 years.

"It's a pretty special moment _ you don't see 500 homers every night, and to be one of only 26 players to do this, it's really special," said Pujols, who also hit his 400th homer in Nationals Park. "It's been a great career. The last couple of years have been really tough, but I feel I'm getting my swing right where I want to be."

Mike Trout, who singled to lead off the fifth, practically floated around the bases on Pujols' homer.

"As soon as he hit it, I knew it was gone," Trout, said. "It's just an unbelievable feeling. I'm getting chills thinking about it now. I was speechless. History was made in front of my eyes. Watching him on TV hit so many homers, and being part of 500 ... hopefully, I'm part of 600 too. It's pretty cool."

Babe Ruth would be proud of the newest member of the 500 club -- Pujols actually called his shots. After going hitless in five at-bats Monday, Pujols felt so good in the batting cage Tuesday that he "shared with a couple of guys that I had a feeling it was going to be a special day," he said.

Erick Aybar said Pujols was a little more specific.

"He said he was going to hit two home runs and drive in five runs and that today was his day," Aybar said. And did Aybar believe him? "Heck yeah," he said. "Everyone believes Albert."

If only Pujols' wife and five kids could have shared the moment with him. Deidre Pujols was scheduled to join Albert in New York this weekend, but Pujols told her if he hit homer No. 499 against the Nationals, she should board a flight for Washington. But she couldn't have gotten here in four innings.

"You guys are going to laugh at me, but when I scored, I went in and called her and she was doing her nails," Pujols said. "Everyone was telling her, 'Congratulations,' and she was like, 'Did you just hit 500?' And I was like, 'Sorry.' "

With 22 more homers, a number within reach this season, Pujols, in the third year of a 10-year, $240-million deal, will pass eight players -- Eddie Murray (504), Gary Sheffield (509), Mel Ott (511), Eddie Matthews and Ernie Banks (512) and Ted Williams, Frank Thomas and Willie McCovey (521) -- on baseball's all-time list.

"He's got a lot of baseball left," Manager Mike Scioscia said. "I don't know if there are many players who work as hard as Albert does in the off-season to get where they need to be. I look for him, when it's all said and done, to be one of those handful of players you're in awe of."

Pujols' first 455 homers came in 11 seasons in St. Louis, a team he won three National League most-valuable-player awards for and led to two World Series titles.

He hit .285 with 30 homers and 105 runs batted in for the Angels in 2012, but he was slowed in 2013 by a painful left-heel injury, hitting .258 with 17 homers and 64 RBIs before suffering a season-ending tear of the plantar fascia in late July.

Pujols has regained his health and power stroke in 2014 _ he leads the major leagues with eight homers through 20 games and has a team-high 19 RBIs.

"Being a kid in high school and watching him play, it's amazing to think years down the road I'd be able to witness such a special time in history, wearing the same jersey," said Angels third baseman David Freese, a St. Louis native and former Cardinals teammate of Pujols. "I was here for 400 and here for 500. Hopefully, I'll be around for 600."

Pujols, though, is not chasing numbers. "My goal is to help my organization win a championship," he said. That was clear after the game, when the Angels gathered to celebrate Pujols' achievement.

"I had a little speech and told them this was a great moment to share with them," Pujols said. "But it will be an even better moment to raise a championship trophy with them, because that's what we play for."

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