Miguel Cabrera on trailing in AL All-Star voting: “I don’t care.”

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In the latest update on American League All-Star voting, provided last Monday, Tigers first baseman trailed Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer by nearly 600,000 votes. The Royals’ dominance in balloting has spurred a debate and prompted many ideas for potential changes, but no matter what, if Cabrera doesn’t close the gap, he won’t be in the AL’s starting lineup in the All-Star Game for the first time since 2012.

Cabrera isn’t worried about it. As Matthew B. Mowery of The Oakland Press reported on Sunday, Cabrera said of his vote deficit, “I don’t care.”

No matter your statistical preference, traditional or Sabermetric, Cabrera has been the superior player this year over Hosmer.

Cabrera Hosmer
HR 14 7
RBI 45 36
Runs 36 33
AVG .341 .298
OBP .444 .370
SLG .592 .472
fWAR 3.0 1.8

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).