The Blue Jays are interested in Jeff Samardzija

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Jon Heyman reports that Jeff Samardzija is “on the list” of the Blue Jays.

Of the best things in life . . . 

Anyway, both Samardzija and the White Sox have been disappointing this year, with the Sox sitting in last place, ten games out, and with Samardzija going 5-4 with a 4.56 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 88/20 in 108.2 innings. The kicker, though, is that he leads the AL in hits allowed at 123.

Still, a change of scenery for the guy could do him good. And given that (a) the Sox don’t seem to be going anyplace; and (b) Samardzija is in his walk year, a trade seems like a distinct possibility.

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).