Brandon League released by the Dodgers

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Brandon League, who passed through waivers unclaimed after being designated for assignment last week, has now been released by the Dodgers.

Los Angeles is on the hook for his entire $7.5 million salary as part of a three-year, $22.5 million deal handed out by the old front office regime, so now that League is available to sign with any team for any price there figures to be some interest.

League hasn’t pitched in the majors this season because of a shoulder injury, but he threw 11 innings with a 0.82 ERA and 8/2 K/BB ratio in the minors while rehabbing. And last season he appeared in 63 games for the Dodgers, throwing 63 innings with a 2.57 ERA and zero home runs allowed.

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).