The Twins signed pitcher Scott Atchison to a minor league deal on Thursday, according to MLB.com’s transactions page. Atchison was released by the Indians on Sunday.
Atchison, 39, posted a 6.86 ERA with a 12/4 K/BB ratio in 19 2/3 innings for the Indians across 23 appearances. He had much more success last season, finishing with a 2.75 ERA in 72 innings. Though Atchison displays good control, he lacks the bat-missing ability that most bullpen arms have.
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).