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Pujols hit No. 497 on Friday night, part of an offensive onslaught by the Los Angeles Angels in their 11-6 victory over the Detroit Tigers.
The slugging first baseman was willing to discuss another powerful performance by the Angels, who entered the day with a major league-leading 24 homers and hit three more against the Tigers.
Kendrick hit two-run homers in the third and fourth, and Pujols lined a three-run shot to left field in the sixth to give the Angels an 11-1 lead.
After a two-run double by Trout made it 6-1, Kendrick hit a two-out drive to right-center that was ruled a homer after a review.
Ian Kinsler's two-run single highlighted that rally, but second baseman John McDonald made a spectacular play to retire Victor Martinez, ranging to his left to make a sprawling stop, then rolling and throwing to first from his back.
Don Kelly hit a soft flare toward the second baseman, and with the runners having to freeze, McDonald let the ball drop, tagged second for a force and then ran over and tagged Martinez between second and third for an unassisted double play.
Detroit RHP Justin Miller, called up before the game, pitched two scoreless innings in his major league debut.
Dirk Nowitzki has the spring back in his pogo stick of a jump shot.
The one-legged fadeaway that Kevin Durant admittedly stole is also back in the playoffs after carrying Nowitzki the last few thousand points to the top 10 on the NBA's scoring list.
The 7-foot German — relatively new dad and old hand at this postseason thing after missing last year for the first time since 2000 — is just happy to be back in what he calls the "big dance," a little phrase he stole himself.
"How big our shot is, we'll see," said Nowitzki, whose eighth-seeded Mavericks open the playoffs Sunday at San Antonio, the defending Western Conference champion that finished with the league's best record.
Sure enough, his scoring average went up for the first time in five years, and the rest of his numbers looked a lot like they did in 2010-11, when the Mavericks won the franchise's only championship.
The Mavericks haven't won a playoff game since beating Miami in Game 6 of the NBA Finals three years ago, and they might have the same dubious distinction in a little more than a week because they've lost nine straight to the Spurs.
President of basketball operations Donnie Nelson openly wondered whether Nowitzki really had to do anything else for Dallas, but then remembered who he was talking about.
 it's that mental toughness, competitive aspect, the type of person he is and the example that he sets, not just for basketball fans in North Texas and around the world but for every future Maverick that walks into the clubhouse.
Talks involving Ukraine, Russia, the U. S. and the European Union produced an agreement Thursday to take tentative steps toward calming tensions in Ukraine.
 insurgents occupying government buildings in more than 10 cities said they won't leave until Ukraine's interim government resigns.
On Tuesday, the disabled athlete ended five days of withering cross-examination by the prosecutor who pounced on apparent inconsistencies in his testimony about the night he killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
The defense team is trying to bolster his account that he shot her by mistake, thinking she was a dangerous intruder.
The unprecedented violence has many questioning the ability of Nigeria's military to contain the 5-year-old Islamic uprising.
Aircraft, ships and a robotic submarine continued searching in the southern Indian Ocean for the Boeing 777 that disappeared with 239 people on board en route from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Beijing on March 8.
Signals believed to be from the plane's flight recorders were last detected April 8, about the time the batteries on the beacons would have failed.
An avowed white supremacist, Frazier Glenn Gross, was charged with the killings Sunday of a doctor and his 14-year-old grandson outside the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City.
A year ago, George's strong postseason performance helped Indiana push Miami to seven games in the conference finals and turned an overlooked high school and college player into an emerging star.
 the Pacers (56-26) finished No. 1 in the East, giving them home-court advantage through the conference finals.
Duplicate that performance in this year's playoffs and lead the Pacers on a deep playoff run, and George could emerge as this postseason's biggest winner.
"There really isn't a ceiling because each athlete can take it (the endorsements) as far as they can take it," said Ken Ungar, president of U/S Sports Advisors, an Indianapolis-based sports and entertainment marketing agency.
Three weeks ago, George made a splashy debut on the national advertising scene with a nifty crossover move and a spectacular dunk fueled in part by the rushing onslaught of Gatorade.
 Reggie Miller, the biggest star in the Pacers' NBA history, became a popular national figure thanks to his annual battles with Michael Jordan, Spike Lee and the Knicks.
Despite rumors about his relationship with a Miami-based exotic dancer and a report last month that George had been "catfished" into providing revealing photos of himself to a man who had posed as a woman on the Internet, George has tried to stay above the fray and emphatically denied both stories.
 the biggest part of making this pitch is that George needs to keep winning and perhaps even bring home a championship to cement his status as the best emerging star in basketball.
Four Southeastern Conference teams advanced Friday night to the Super Six of the NCAA women's gymnastics championships.
Defending champion Florida and Alabama, which won in 2011 and 2012, led the way in the second semifinal session to join the SEC's Georgia and LSU.
Competing an hour from campus, the Crimson Tide matched the top-ranked Gators for the top score with 197.65 to make their seventh consecutive Super Six.
Florida closed with a 49.425 on the floor exercise to produce the tie in the BJCC Arena where the league championships were held less than a month earlier.
Alabama's Kim Jacob won the all-around title with a 39.65, edging Florida's Alaina Johnson and Arkansas' Katherine Grable.
Georgia's Brandie Jay had the top score on the vault with a 9.95 while teammate Lindsey Cheek and Stanford's Kristina Vaculik both scored 9.925 on the uneven bars.