Albert Pujols reaches 3000 hit milestone

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Angels rookie right-hander Jaime Barria (2-1) took a no-hitter into the sixth inning of his third career start, finishing with six innings of four-hit ball. Richards (4-1) scattered four hits and had eight strikeouts in his first start against Seattle since late 2015. Matt Adams added a two-run homer and made a leaping catch at the wall in support of Gio Gonzalez, who limited Philadelphia to a pair of hits over five shutout innings.

Speaking of all those hits, Daren Willman, the Director of Baseball Research and Development for MLB, put together a pretty incredible spray chart infographic that captures Pujols' 18-season journey from hit No. 1, to his milestone 3,000th.

Looking to become the 32nd member of the 3,000-hit club, Pujols will need two on Thursday if he hopes to do it at Angel Stadium before the club heads to Seattle to begin a five-game road trip.

Pujols would hit his first home run three games later, off Armando Reynoso of the Arizona Diamondbacks, and he was on his way. His 625 doubles - 11th most all time - account for 20.8 percent of his hits, and that total is among the top five percentages in the 3,000-hit club. Over 77 career playoff games, he owns a 1.030 OPS with 19 home runs.

Fans try to cover themselves against a steady rain falling in the fifth inning of a baseball game between the Seattle Mariners and the Los Angeles Angels Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Seattle. In his final at-bat of the night Pujols delivered a two-run single to left scoring Justin Upton and Mike Trout to extend the Angels lead to 5-0. Anderson was 8 when Pujols broke into the majors with the St. Louis Cardinals, beginning more than a decade of terrorizing the Astros as a division rival. Last year, we, along with 10 other friends went to a Mets and Angels game where we screamed until Pujols turned and waved.

Becoming a regular starter at the age of 20 has Andrus almost halfway to 3,000 hits at the age of 29.

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Also within reach by the All-Star break for Pujols is Rod Carew who is 25th all-time at 3,053 hits and then Ricky Henderson at 3,055 hits and Craig Biggio at 3,060 hits. "Then three days later, on Opening Day, I got my first hit".

Between Pujols and the first combined no-hitter in Dodgers history, Friday was a very busy day for Los Angeles baseball.

The right fielder has now homered four times in the four games since shifting to the top spot.

Angels outfielder Mike Trout congratulated his teammate, nicknamed "The Machine", on reaching the milestone with a tweet. Ohtani also threw a light bullpen session.

Shortstop Dansby Swanson was placed on the Braves' 10-day disabled list with left wrist inflammation.

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