Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy returns from broken toe

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As expected the Brewers have activated Jonathan Lucroy from the disabled list after the All-Star catcher missed six weeks with a broken big toe.

Lucroy got off to a slow start before the injury and Milwaukee catchers (mostly Martin Maldonado) were terrible in his absence, so overall this season the position has produced a lowly .162 batting average with three homers and a .481 OPS in 51 games for the Brewers.

Last season Lucroy finished fourth in the MVP balloting, hitting .301 with 13 homers, a league-leading 53 doubles, and an .837 OPS in 153 games. Expect him play 4-5 times per week, with Maldonado seeing only fill-in action.

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).