Matt Holliday wants to rejoin the Cardinals this weekend, plans to play in the All-Star game

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Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday feels good enough in his recovery from a torn quadriceps muscle that he wants to be activate from the disabled list this weekend, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch.

Goold reports that Holliday went through workouts Tuesday in front of general manager John Mozeliak, who said afterward that the Cardinals “are going to be smart about this” to indicate that they may wait a while longer to bring back Holliday.

Also of note: Holliday plans to play in the All-Star game after being voted into the National League starting lineup by fans even though he hasn’t played for the Cardinals since June 8. Mozeliak seems less than enthused about that idea, however.

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).