Yankees may call up Luis Severino next week

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The Yankees may call up pitching prospect Luis Severino as early as next week, the YES Network reports.

The 21-year-old has hit the ground running since earning a promotion to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre near the end of May. In 38 innings with Double-A Trenton, he posted a 3.32 ERA with a 48/10 K/BB ratio. With Scranton, he’s compiled a 2.11 ERA with a 40/17 K/BB ratio in 55 1/3 innings.

Severino entered the season was ranked the 23rd overall prospect in baseball according to MLB.com. He also earned a #35 ranking from Baseball America and #51 by Baseball Prospectus.

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).