Giants activate Hunter Pence from the disabled list

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Giants outfielder Hunter Pence has been activated from the disabled list and is in Tuesday night’s starting lineup against the Mets, the club announced on Twitter. 1B/OF Ryan Lollis was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento to clear room on the roster.

Pence missed five weeks of action due to tendinitis in his left wrist. It’s his second major injury this season as he suffered a fractured forearm during spring training and didn’t make his 2015 season debut until May 16.

The 32-year-old has hit .282/.329/.451 with two home runs and 13 RBI in 76 plate appearances this season.

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).