The Tigers have designated Joba Chamberlain and Tom Gorzelanny for assignment

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This seemed inevitable:

Chamberlain has been profoundly unreliable, particularly of late. He has made 30 appearances on the year, posting a 4.09 ERA and an ugly 1.682 WHIP while striking out 15 and walking five in 22 innings.

The Tigers likewise DFA’d Tom Gorzelanny, who has an even worse 6.38 ERA in 30 appearances of his own while allowing a hideous 32 hits and 15 walks in in 24 innings.

The corresponding moves: calling up Jeff Ferrell and Drew VerHagen from Toledo. Both are converted starters, VerHagen only being converted a month ago.

The Tigers’ bullpen has stunk on ice for years now. Reshuffling now while the Tigers are scuffling can’t hurt.

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).