Angels lose third baseman David Freese to fractured finger

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Wednesday night’s win over the Twins was a costly one for the Angels, who lost third baseman David Freese to a fractured right index finger after he was hit on the hand by a Mike Pelfrey pitch.

Freese said after the game that he hopes to return in as little as three weeks, but Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that he’ll spend the next two weeks with his finger in a splint. Kyle Kubitza, who got a brief call-up to the Angels earlier this season, is expected to sub for Freese at third base.

Freese has hit .240 with 11 homers and a .706 OPS in 90 games to basically match his production from last season, but he’s yet to reach the higher offensive levels he called home with the Cardinals from 2009-2013.

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).