Lance McCullers is youngest pitcher to throw complete game with 10+ strikeouts since Kerry Wood

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Making just his fourth career start Wednesday night, 21-year-old Astros right-hander Lance McCullers racked up 11 strikeouts with zero walks and allowed one run in a complete-game win over the Orioles.

In doing so at 21 years and 244 days old McCullers became the youngest pitcher with double-digit strikeouts in a complete game since Kerry Wood’s incredible 20-strikeout game in 1998.

McCullers was the Astros’ “other” first-round pick in the 2012 draft that also saw them snag baseball’s best prospect, Carlos Correa, with the No. 1 pick. He has a 29/6 K/BB ratio in 24 innings since being promoted to the big leagues on May 18 following a dominant stretch at Double-A in which he struck out 43 batters in 29 innings with a 0.62 ERA.

Houston has the AL’s best record at 34-20 and the young, high-upside talent isn’t even done arriving yet.

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).