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• Albert Pujols recorded the 1,000th hit of his major-league career Friday night and he did it in style -- blasting a two-run home run off the Cubs' Jerome Williams. It was Pujols' 806th career game and his 212th home run. He reached 1,000 hits and 200 home runs in fewer games than any other player in major-league history. Pujols broke the record set by Willie Mays, who did it in 825 games.
• Manny Ramirez, who hit 45 home runs last year, finally hit his first one in 2006. It was Ramirez's 17th game this season, tying the second-longest start-of-season drought for any player in major-league history coming off a season with at least 45 homers. Rocky Colavito (45 homers for the Tigers in 1961) had a 27-game drought to begin 1962 and Juan Gonzalez (45 homers for the Rangers in 1998) began the 1999 season without a round-tripper in each of his first 16 games.
Ramirez's two home runs gave him 201 for the Red Sox, after he hit 236 for Cleveland. Three other players hit at least 200 homers for two different franchises: Jimmie Foxx (Philadelphia Athletics and the Red Sox), Mark McGwire (Oakland and St. Louis) and Rafael Palmeiro (Texas and Baltimore).