X-rays negative on Andrew McCutchen’s elbow

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UPDATE: The Pirates just announced that X-rays came back negative on McCutchen’s elbow. He’ll be re-evaluated Sunday, but it sounds like Pirates fans can let out a sigh of relief.

4:50 p.m. ET: According to Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen left today’s game against the Braves after he was hit in the left elbow by a 91 mph fastball from Julio Teheran in the first inning. Jung Ho Kang replaced him as a pinch-runner.

This is the second time that McCutchen has been hit by a pitch in as many days. He was hit in the back by Williams Perez in the fifth inning last night, but stayed in the game.

We’ll pass along an update when we know more, but obviously it would be a tough blow for the Pirates if McCutchen needs to miss an extended period of time.

McCutchen, 28, batted .295/.384/.490 with nine home runs and 44 RBI over 72 games this season. He has bounced back significantly after a slow start.

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).