Twins win 20th May game, secure first 20-win month since June 1991

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The Twins held off the Blue Jays for a 6-5 win on Sunday, earning their 20th win of the month. As MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger points out, it’s the Twins’ first 20-win month since June of 1991 when they went 22-6. The Twins won the World Series — their most recent championship — that year.

Now 30-19, the Twins have the best record in the American League. They lead the AL Central by a half-game over the Royals, who lost in 11 innings to the Cubs on Sunday.

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).