Ben Zobrist rejoins the A’s a month after knee surgery

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It might be too little too late for the A’s considering their 16-30 record, but Ben Zobrist is back from the disabled list after missing the past four weeks following arthroscopic knee surgery.

Zobrist was off to a modest start before the injury, but he’ll resume being an everyday player for Oakland while likely seeing time at multiple defensive positions.

As a 33-year-old impending free agent he’ll either try to get the A’s turned around after their brutal start to the season or perhaps emerge as an attractive trade target for contenders.

To make room on the roster Oakland sent outfielder Craig Gentry back to Triple-A.

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).