From beat writer Greg Johns of MLB.com comes word that the Mariners have officially cut ties with veteran catcher John Baker, releasing him from the roster Wednesday evening at Triple-A Tacoma.
Baker, 34, was batting just .161/.185/.194 over 65 plate appearances this season at the Triple-A level.
He hasn’t been an effective major leaguer since 2009, when he hit .271/.349/.410 with nine home runs and 50 RBI in 112 games for the Marlins.
Catchers do tend to have nine lives, but we might never see Baker back in the bigs.
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).