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Angels commemorate Pujols' 600th homer

Pregame ceremony includes custom gift for prolific slugger
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ANAHEIM -- The Angels honored Albert Pujols with a ceremony before Saturday night's 4-0 win over the Mariners at Angel Stadium.

The club celebrated the slugger for becoming the ninth player in Major League history to reach the 600-homer career milestone earlier this season.

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ANAHEIM -- The Angels honored Albert Pujols with a ceremony before Saturday night's 4-0 win over the Mariners at Angel Stadium.

The club celebrated the slugger for becoming the ninth player in Major League history to reach the 600-homer career milestone earlier this season.

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Pujols accomplished the feat on June 4 when he launched a fourth-inning grand slam off Twins right-hander Ervin Santana. He's the first of the nine-member group to enter with a slam.

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:: 600-HOME RUN CLUB ::

The gathering took place at home plate, with Pujols, his wife Deidre, and their son, AJ, on the field, alongside Angels owner Arte Moreno and his wife Carole, and manager Mike Scioscia. 

Angels play-by-play broadcaster Victor Rojas began the celebration by introducing Pujols before a pair of slideshows played on the Jumbotron. The first featured the other eight members of the 600-homer club, and the second highlighted several of Pujols' milestone shots.

The Machine was then honored with a commemorative encasement of the historic connection, which included the bat and ball involved. The framed shrine also featured inscriptions of the date and number of each of his career home runs.

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The ceremony concluded with the game's first pitch, which was thrown to Pujols by Scott Steffel, a 23-year-old graphic designer from Costa Mesa, Calif., who caught Pujols' 600th career home run.

Kaelen Jones is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles.

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