Mets demote Dillon Gee back to the bullpen

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We learned on Saturday afternoon that the Mets were going back to the five-man rotation, but it wasn’t clear who would be getting the boot. ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin reports that Dillon Gee will be moved from the rotation to the bullpen.

Gee has made six starts this season, posting a 4.46 ERA with a 21/9 K/BB ratio over 34 1/3 innings. He was supposed to start the year in the bullpen, but Zack Wheeler underwent Tommy John surgery in late March, ending his season before it began, opening up a rotation spot for Gee. Gee suffered a groin injury in early may, knocking him out of action for a month.

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).