Brewers demote starting second baseman Scooter Gennett to Triple-A

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Scooter Gennett has been Milwaukee’s starting second baseman since pushing Rickie Weeks aside in mid-2013, but after hitting just .159 in 20 games the Brewers have demoted the 25-year-old to Triple-A.

Gennett got off to a slow start, spent two weeks on the disabled list with a shower-related injury, and went just 4-for-34 (.118) upon returning. However, he came into this season as a career .300 hitter in 206 games and it’s not like the Brewers have a great option to replace him, especially with shortstop Jean Segura on the disabled list with a fractured finger.

Milwaukee is 13-24 and has already fired manager Ron Roenicke.

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).