Brett Anderson left last night’s start with a sore Achilles. But he’s feeling better.

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The Dodgers are already down a couple of starting pitchers and are likely looking to add one at the deadline. So the last thing they need is for one of their healthy guys to go down. Last night one did, but he may not be down for long.

Brett Anderson exited Tuesday’s start with irritation in his left Achilles. He’ll have an MRI today, but he reported feeling much better this morning. Don Mattingly hasn’t yet ruled him out for his Sunday start.

On the year Anderson is 5-5 with a 3.33 ERA in 19 starts.

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).