David Price on phone use during games: “I check my Instagram. I check my Twitter. I just don’t tweet, don’t like stuff.”

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Tigers starter David Price admitted to committing the same crime for which Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval was benched on Thursday, but said he does it smarter. “I check my Instagram. I check my Twitter. I just don’t tweet, don’t like stuff,” Price told TMZ Sports.

Price added, “Anything that’s going to show that you’re on your phone during games you want to try and stay away from.” He admitted to preferring not to read magazines in the bathroom, explaining, “The magazines are in the bathroom next to the toilet. If I’m sitting there using the restroom and other people are sitting there using the restroom and they’re touching these magazine, I don’t want to touch those magazines. It’s disgusting.”

The man has a point.

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).