Josh Harrison out six weeks with torn thumb ligaments

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Josh Harrison has struggled to duplicate his breakout 2014 performance and now the Pirates infielder/outfielder is headed to the disabled list with torn thumb ligaments suffered Sunday while sliding into second base.

Harrison is expected to miss six weeks, meaning he’ll likely be out until late August or early September. Last season he came out of relative nowhere to hit .315 and make the All-Star team at age 26, earning him a long-term contract extension from the Pirates, but Harrison has hit just .279 with four homers and a .696 OPS in 75 games this year.

Pittsburgh will probably miss his defensive versatility as much or more than his offensive production, and for tonight at least Jung Ho Kang is starting at third base.

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).