Photos of the Day: scenes from a beanball war

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The details of the Dodgers-Dbacks melee last night are here. Here are some pretty good pictures from it from the Associated Press, however.

A pre-plunking Puig:

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Zack Greinke, using his previously-broken shoulder to protect his much more valuable head. And likely thinking “why was I not ejected after I threw at Miguel Montero? And why did my manager send me up to bat this inning when I was not going to pitch the next inning?

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I look at Don Mattingly and Alan Trammell scuffling and I feel like we need more of those Jack Lemmon-Walter Matthau movies. “Grumpy Old Coaches” or something:

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McGwire, telling Kirk Gibson what he thinks of his grit, probably. I kinda hope Gibson held up a clipping from the 1988 World Series and said “scoreboard.”

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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).