Marlins place Henderson Alvarez and Mat Latos on the disabled list

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Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that the Marlins have placed starters Henderson Alvarez and Mat Latos on the 15-day disabled list.

Alvarez is dealing with right shoulder inflammation, the same injury that kept him out of action for over a month between April 13 and May 16. It was revealed on Friday afternoon that the right-hander has been pitching with a 90 percent tear of his ulnar collateral ligament “for years”, per Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Alvarez allowed 12 runs on 22 hits and three walks with seven strikeouts over 17 1/3 innings across three starts.

Latos, suffering from inflammation in his left knee, has struggled with the Marlins, his first year with the team after coming over in December’s trade involving Anthony DeSclafani. He’s had some good starts, but overall compiled a 6.12 ERA with a 36/16 K/BB ratio in 42 2/3 innings.

The Marlins lost Friday night’s game against the Orioles, extending their losing streak to eight games. Now 16-27 in the cellar of the NL East, the Fish are 0-5 since Dan Jennings took over as the club’s manager.

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).