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Albert Pujols becomes 26th member of 500 home run club

Apr 22, 2014, 8:53 PM EDT

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There are now 26 members of the 500 homer club.

Albert Pujols hit a three-run shot to left field off Nationals starter Taylor Jordan in the top of the first inning and then crushed a two-run bomb to deep left-center off Jordan in the top of the fifth for the 499th and 500th home runs of his 14-year major league career on Tuesday night in Washington, D.C.

The 34-year-old slugger is the third-youngest player to reach the 500 home run milestone, behind Alex Rodriguez and Jimmie Foxx, who both hit 500 at age 32. Pujols is the first player to tally career home runs 499 and 500 in the same game.

Albert was greeted at home plate by his Angels teammates after No. 500 and got a curtain call from the Nationals Park crowd. He also hit his 400th homer in Washington. MLB.com has the highlight:

Pujols hit his first 455 home runs with the Cardinals before signing a $250 million deal with Anaheim.

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