Dane De La Rosa retires

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Pitcher Dane De La Rosa has chosen to retire from major league baseball, David Hall of the Virginia Pilot reports. The 32-year-old had spent parts of four seasons in the major leagues, including a breakout season in 2013 with the Angels when he finished with a 2.86 ERA and a 65/28 K/BB ratio in 72 1/3 innings.

De La Rosa was with the Orioles’ Triple-A affiliate in Norfolk this season, compiling a 4.35 ERA with a 7/8 K/BB ratio in 10 1/3 innings. As that K/BB ratio indicates, the right-hander had been battling control issues, perhaps stemming from forearm, shoulder, and knee issues he suffered from in 2014.

Since entering professional baseball in 2003, De La Rosa played in the organizations of the Yankees, Brewers, Rays, Angels, and Orioles, and even spent some time in the independent league between 2005-09.

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).