Rob Refsnyder expected to remain with Yankees after All-Star break

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Rob Refsynder made his major league debut over the weekend against the Red Sox, but the Yankees made no promises that he’d be with the team beyond the All-Star break. Apparently they saw enough to keep him around:

Refsynder went hitless over his first five major league at-bats before hitting a single and a homer in his final two at-bats yesterday. His two-run homer ended up being the difference in an 8-6 win.

Assuming Refsynder takes over as the regular second baseman, this will push Stephen Drew to a part-time role. Drew has 12 home runs in 78 games this season and still plays good defense, but he’s batting just .182 with a .257 on-base percentage.

Refsnyder, 24, was batting .290/.387/.413 with seven home runs, 37 RBI, and 10 steals over 81 games with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre prior to his call-up. He had just as many walks (44) as strikeouts. His defense is considered a work in progress, but it’s worth taking a shot on him since Drew flat out hasn’t hit dating back to last 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).