Stephen Drew will see concussion specialist in Pittsburgh

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Stephen Drew remains sidelined by post-concussion symptoms and Evan Drellich of MLB.com reports that the Red Sox shortstop will travel to Pittsburgh to be examined by a concussion specialist.

Drew suffered a concussion on March 7 when he was hit on the helmet by a pitch, and his status for Opening Day is very much in doubt. In fact, Drellich writes that “it seems all but guaranteed now” that Drew will begin the season on the disabled list.

Slick-fielding prospect Jose Iglesias would fill in for Drew as the starting shortstop, with Pedro Ciriaco in a utility infielder role.

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).