Rangers were never close to signing Kyle Lohse

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Prior to signing with the Brewers a week before the season started Kyle Lohse was often linked to the Rangers by various reports, but Texas general manager Jon Daniels downplayed the team’s interest.

Daniels told Sahadev Sharma of ESPN Dallas that the two sides were “not close” to ever reaching an agreement because “he had offers above what we would have considered, so we never made a proposal.”

Lohse ended up getting a three-year, $33 million deal from the Brewers, so it’s easy to understand why the Rangers didn’t want to top that price and forfeit a draft pick for a 34-year-old.

Also of note: Daniels indicated that there was some talk of asking MLB about a potential sign-and-trade deal, but it ultimately didn’t go very far because Lohse had enough interest from teams willing to lose a draft pick.

Lohse is off to a good start in Milwaukee with a 3.16 ERA and 24/3 K/BB ratio in 37 innings.

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).