Kevin Gregg opts out of contract with the Mariners


Seattle had no plans to call up Kevin Gregg from Triple-A, so the 38-year-old reliever has opted out of his minor-league contract four weeks after signing with the Mariners.

Gregg was previously released by the Reds after allowing 12 runs in 11 innings and he has a 10.07 ERA in 23 appearances since 2014, so this could be the end of the line. He walked five batters in eight innings at Triple-A for the Mariners.

There are 78 pitchers in MLB history with at least 150 saves and Gregg has the third-highest career ERA at 4.24.

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).