Angels acquire outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis from Mets

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Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that the Mets have traded outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis to the Angels for cash considerations after designating him for assignment

Several reports last week had the Angels in the market for outfield help. Nieuwenhuis isn’t going to make a big impact, but he can play all three outfield spot and has produced decent numbers offensively in the minors.

As a big leaguer he’s hit just .230 with 13 homers and a .676 OPS in 226 games, so expect the 27-year-old Nieuwenhuis to fill a reserve role.

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).