The Blue Jays are interested in Mat Latos

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Fox’s Jon Morosi reports that the Blue Jays are among the teams interested in Mat Latos.

Latos has posted a 2.72 ERA over six starts while showing improved velocity since returning from the disabled list. Last night he tossed seven shutout innings. The Jays, who hit the daylights out of the ball, could certainly use that. Of course Latos is no sure thing. He’ll be making a pro-rated $9.4MM salary and has a history of health problems.

Still, the Jays have real designs on the playoffs and won’t get there if the pitching doesn’t improve.

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).