- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 23, 2014

BASEBALL

WASHINGTON (AP) - Albert Pujols reached 500 homers in a hurry.

The Los Angeles Angels’ first baseman hit a pair of shots off Washington Nationals right-hander Taylor Jordan on Tuesday night - a three-run homer in the first inning and two-run drive in the fifth - to become the 26th player in major league history to reach the milestone.

Pujols is the first player to collect his 499th and 500th homers in the same game, according to STATS. About three months past his 34th birthday, he’s also the third-youngest to get to 500; Alex Rodriguez and Jimmie Foxx were both 32.

Making a quick recent surge, Pujols has eight homers this season, all in the past 13 games.

NEW YORK (AP) - Major League Baseball suspended four players involved in Sunday’s brawl between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Milwaukee Brewers.

Milwaukee catcher Martin Maldonado was suspended five games, while outfielder Carlos Gomez was suspended three. Pittsburgh outfielder Travis Snider received a two-game penalty and catcher Russell Martin will miss one.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Major League Baseball acknowledged it failed to correct a pitch count after Tampa Bay shortstop Yunel Escobar struck out in an at-bat that was completed after a replay review.

After a replay delay of 1 minute, 47 seconds in Tuesday night’s game against Minnesota, umpires incorrectly ruled the count on Escobar was 3-2. Escobar struck out on the next pitch after already taking four balls.

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn is taking a leave of absence from his job as San Diego State’s baseball coach as he recovers from undisclosed health issues.

The school didn’t set a timetable for Gwynn’s return and isn’t commenting his medical condition, at his request.

Gwynn has had two operations for cancer in his right cheek since August 2010.

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PRO BASKETBALL

San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was named NBA coach of the year on Tuesday, making him just the third coach in league history to win the Red Auerbach trophy three times in his career.

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