ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that pitcher Kevin Correia is expected to be granted his release by the Giants on Saturday. The two sides agreed to a minor league deal in early April, which included an opt-out date for June 1.
Correia, 34, has a 3.58 ERA with a 25/11 K/BB ratio in 37 2/3 innings with Triple-A Sacramento. Despite the Giants’ misfortune with injuries within the starting rotation, Correia hasn’t been a consideration for a promotion.
When he is granted his release, Correia will attempt to latch on elsewhere as a free agent. The veteran of 12 seasons, who played for the Twins and Dodgers last year, has a career 4.59 ERA.
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).