Drew Pomeranz leaves start with shoulder injury

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A’s left-hander Drew Pomeranz exited Monday night’s start against the Astros in the fifth inning with a shoulder injury.

Back-to-back walks caused manager Bob Melvin and the A’s trainer to go visit Pomeranz on the mound, at which point they removed him from the game.

Pomeranz was the fifth overall pick in the 2010 draft by the Indians and was traded to the Rockies in the Ubaldo Jimenez swap. He struggled in Colorado, but has pitched well since being traded to Oakland with a 3.13 ERA in 112 innings.

He indicated after the game that similar shoulder issues in the past haven’t kept him from pitching, although at some point the “similar shoulder issues in the past” part gets worrisome for a 26-year-old.

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).