Carlos Quentin drops appeal, begins serving eight-game suspension on Sunday

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Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin has dropped the appeal of his eight-game suspension and will begin serving the sentence on Sunday. This according to staff writer Scott Bair of the North County Times.

Quentin charged at Dodgers starter Zack Greinke and broke the right-hander’s left collarbone on Thursday after getting hit by a pitch. That set off a benches-clearing brawl that resulted in Dodgers utilityman Jerry Hairston Jr. receiving a one-game suspension of his own. Hairston appealed that but hasn’t heard back from the commissioner’s office.

Quentin was hoping to have his sentence reduced a few games, but he wasn’t going to be very active in the Padres’ upcoming series with the Dodgers — to avoid added drama — so he decided to go ahead and get the eight-game suspension started. That should be a heated three-game set even without Quentin around.

Greinke underwent surgery for his fractured clavicle on Sunday and will miss the next eight weeks. Quentin, 30, was batting .174/.310/.304 with no homers and four strikeouts through 29 plate appearances.

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).