Umpires announced for the All-Star Game


The men in blue at whom we will either ignore completely or yell at a lot during Tuesday’s All-Star Game:

Tim Welke: crew chief and home plate ump;
Jerry Meals: first base;
Paul Schrieber: second base;
Ron Kulpa: third base;
James Hoye: left field;
Alan Porter: right field; and
Brian Gorman: replay official in New York

A search of the HBT archives shows no recent serious controversies involving these guys, so I guess that’s a good group selected by MLB. If you see the name and immediate go “Ugh, THAT guy,” then you’ve gone wrong.

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).