Ross Detwiler released by the Rangers

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Left-hander Ross Detwiler passed through waivers unclaimed after being designated for assignment by the Rangers last week and has been released.

Detwiler turned down an assignment to Triple-A and will instead hit the open market after allowing 37 runs in 43 innings for the Rangers. He previously had a solid six-season run with the Nationals, splitting time between the rotation and bullpen with a 3.82 ERA in 471 total innings.

Now that the Rangers are on the hook for his entire $3.45 million salary Detwiler should draw some interest in a middle relief role, but the 29-year-old may need to put together some good outings at Triple-A first.

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).