Adidas put an awesome Kris Bryant billboard outside of Wrigley Field

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No matter your feelings on the Kris Bryant situation with the Cubs, you have to admit that this Adidas billboard outside Wrigley Field is pretty awesome. Click on the tweet for a closer look at the billboard and its proximity to the ballpark:

Trolling the Cubs? Well played, Adidas.

Bryant was optioned to Triple-A Iowa this week after batting .425 with nine home runs and a 1.652 OPS over 44 plate appearances this spring. The 23-year-old led the minors with 43 homers between Double- and Triple-A last season. It’s no secret that this is all about service time. If the Cubs wait 12 days into the 2015 season to call up Bryant, they’ll ensure that his free agency will be delayed by a season. The system is flawed, but it’s a no-brainer to not take advantage of it. Look for Bryant to make his major league debut in mid-to-late April.

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).