After not playing in the majors at all last season Miguel Tejada has made the Royals’ Opening Day roster at age 38.
Tejada hit .353 in 15 spring training games and also played regularly for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic, but he hit just .259 with a .621 OPS in 35 games at Triple-A for the Orioles last season, hasn’t topped a .700 OPS in the big leagues since 2009, was brutally bad for the Giants in 2011, and ceased being capable of playing shortstop years ago.
Presumably he’ll have a limited role as a utility infielder, but Kansas City will pay him $1.1 million and he can earn another $200,000 in bonuses based on playing time.
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).