Pujols is fifth among
Kansas City Manager
Pujols lined the 13th grand slam of his distinguished career, a laser that didn't seem to rise more than 20 feet off the ground, inside the left-field foul pole to highlight an eight-run seventh inning that gave the Angels a stunning 12-7 come-from-behind victory over the
It was the AL-leading 20th homer of the season and the 12th homer in the last 21 games for Pujols, a stretch in which the slugger has hit .354 (28 for 79) with 25 runs batted in to raise his average from .235 on May 27 to .273. He ranks 16th on baseball's all-time list with 540 career homers.
"He's one of the hottest hitters in the league," said center fielder
Few were as big as his grand slam Friday night. The Angels trailed, 7-2, after six innings but chased starter and All-Star candidate
Pujols then crushed a pitch from reliever
"Albert is an All-Star, whether he's selected or not — he's one of the top players in baseball," Angels Manager Mike Scioscia said. "I don't know how you leave him off the team, but we've seen that selection process be sketchy at best. Albert would have fun going to the game. He belongs there. But you never know."
Commissioner Rob Manfred, who met with the teams before the game, is open to changes in the selection process, but not this year.
"If, after the game, we decide fan voting needs an adjustment, we'll make it next year," Manfred said. "I'm not closed to the idea that there should be adjustments."
Manfred said there are "protections built into the system" that ensure the best players are in the game. Players, managers and coaches vote for eight pitchers and backups at each position, and the managers fill out the roster. And there is still time for fans in other cities to nudge out some Royals players.