Musial, Pujols have nothing on Cardinals rookie David Freese

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freese swinging.jpgWith a three-run homer off Jair Jurrjens and a three-run double off reliever Jesse Chavez, David Freese on Tuesday became the first Cardinals rookie since 1925 to drive in six runs in a game.
Freese finished 3-for-3 with a walk as St. Louis beat Atlanta 10-4 to complete a four-game sweep. The 26-year-old rookie entered the game with just two extra-base hits in 61 at-bats, but he managed to top anything Stan Musial or Albert Pujols did in their rookie seasons with his performance today.
Pujols had two five-RBI games during a 2001 season in which he won Rookie of the Year and finished fourth in the NL MVP balloting. They actually came in a four-day span in September. He also had a pair of two-homer games, but they both resulted in three-RBI days.

Yankees acquire A.J. Cole from the Nats

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The New York Yankees have acquired reliever A.J. Cole from the Washington Nationals for cash considerations.

Cole was supposed to be the Nats’ fifth starter this year but that didn’t work out too well. He pitched in four games for the Nats, starting two, to the tune of a 13.06 ERA, having given up six home runs in 10.1 innings. That’s . . . something.

Don’t get too used to Cole on the New York roster, as this seems like one of those “give us an arm” for a couple of days deals, after which Cole will be DFA’d and will either accept an assignment to Scranton or be cut loose. Such is life at the fringes for a guy who is out of minor league options.