Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik “is running out of time”

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With the Mariners off to another bad start and seemingly headed for their fourth straight losing season Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com writes that general manager Jack Zduriencik “is running out of time.”

In talking to Rosenthal the GM stressed that patience is required because so much of his effort has involved building up the farm system and those prospects aren’t all ready yet. And he’s right, because the Mariners do have a bunch of high-upside young players nearly ready for the majors, but several supposedly high-upside players who were acquired by Zduriencik have been flops in the majors.

Since hiring Zduriencik as GM in October of 2008 the Mariners are 297-375 (.442), he’s already fired a manager and shaken up the front office, and various attempts at landing a high-profile free agent have failed. It might be that manager Eric Wedge gets fired before Zduriencik, because that’s how things tend to go, but right now the entire organization looks headed for a reboot this offseason.

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).