On the same day they official signed right-hander Jason Frasor the Braves have added a second veteran reliever, agreeing to terms with left-hander Ross Detwiler after he was released by the Rangers.
Detwiler pitched horribly in Texas, going 0-5 with a 7.12 ERA in 43 games, but from 2009-2014 he posted a 3.82 ERA in 471 innings for the Nationals while filling rotation and bullpen roles.
At age 29 he’s a worthwhile flier for the Braves to take as they try to add some veteran-ness to a bullpen that just lost closer Jason Grilli for the season to a torn Achilles’ tendon.
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).