Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos is back from the disabled list after sitting out the past two weeks with a strained hamstring.
Ramos isn’t in the lineup tonight and it’ll be interesting to see how manager Davey Johnson splits the playing time behind the plate with Kurt Suzuki off to a nice start.
Before the injury Ramos and Suzuki had alternated starts, but Suzuki started 13 of 14 games with Ramos on the DL and has posted a strong .817 OPS overall this year.
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).