Jason Frasor designated for assignment by the Royals despite 1.54 ERA

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Veteran reliever Jason Frasor, who signed a one-year, $1.8 million deal with the Royals in November, has been designated for assignment and dropped from the 40-man roster.

Frasor has a 1.54 ERA in 26 appearances this season after a decade-plus of solid setup man work, which makes cutting him loose seem bizarre. However, his 18/15 K/BB ratio in 24 innings is anything but impressive and the Royals are overflowing with quality bullpen options.

Finding a take for Frasor via trade seems like a strong possibility, because even at age 37 he could probably help quite a few teams in a middle relief role.

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).