Albert Pujols was so wired - and so busy talking and texting friends around baseball - after hitting his 500th career home run Tuesday night that the Los Angeles Angels slugger didn't get to sleep until about 4 a.m.

"Trust me, I was trying to sleep," Pujols said before Wednesday night's series finale against the Washington Nationals. "I knew we had a game today."

Pujols, still basking in the afterglow of his milestone homer, stroked the first pitch he saw on Wednesday for a single.

Pujols said he spoke or exchanged texts Tuesday night with players including David Ortiz, Derek Jeter, and Alex Rodriguez, and he had a 25-minute phone chat with Tony La Russa, his manager in St. Louis.

Make it right

Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon had an interesting suggestion after Yunel Escobar stuck out on a pitch with a 4-2 count: give him credit for a walk.

Escobar struck out Tuesday after the umpires had an incorrect count - even after a replay review. Major League Baseball acknowledged the mistake.

"I'd like to see that taken off of Escobar's record as a strikeout and have it reinstated as a walk," Maddon said.

Career change

Former NBA star Tracy McGrady is on the opening-day roster of the Sugar Land Skeeters as a pitcher, manager Gary Gaetti told KRIV-TV in Houston on Wednesday. The Skeeters are in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.