Reynolds replacement? Diamondbacks sign Melvin Mora

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Shortly after trading Mark Reynolds to the Orioles for a pair of relievers the Diamondbacks have signed his potential replacement at third base Melvin Mora.

Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that he’ll get a one-year deal worth $2 million, which is a reasonable price and makes Mora a solid pickup if the Diamondbacks aren’t planning to play the 39-year-old every day.

Mora was reasonably productive in a part-time role with the Rockies this season, hitting .285 with a .779 OPS in 354 plate appearances, but he batted just .244 with a .721 OPS away from hitter-friendly Coors Field and doesn’t seem likely to hold up well in a bigger role.

Steve Gilbert of MLB.com speculated previously that Arizona could look to trade for Kevin Kouzmanoff, but it’s unclear if signing Mora rules that option out.

Pujols hits 701st career home run, connects for Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS — Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols hit his 701st home run, connecting Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Pujols launched a slider from former teammate Johan Oviedo over the Big Mac Land sign in left field at Busch Stadium. The solo drive in the fourth inning made it 1-all.

Pujols faced Oviedo for the first time and made the 24-year-old righty the 456th different pitcher he’s homered against.

The St. Louis star hadn’t homered in a week since hitting No. 699 and 700 at Dodger Stadium last Friday. Pujols had gone 10 at-bats without a home run after two starts and one pinch-hit appearance.

The Busch Stadium crowd gave the 42-year-old Pujols a long standing ovation before he came out of the Cardinals dugout to tip his cap for a curtain call.

Pujols hit his 22nd home run this season for the NL Central champion Cardinals.

Pujols is fourth on the career home run list behind Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714).