Curt Casali is having one heck of a week

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A week ago I had only the vaguest notion of what a Curt Casali was. Rule 5 guy I think in . . . some organization? Tigers? Not important. This is a national-focus website so we really can’t and don’t spend much time on the 24th-through-40th man on the roster.

But then he has a week like this and we all now know who Curt Casali is.

Casali hit a two-run homer in the fourth and a solo homer in the sixth in last night’s Rays win over the Tigers. He also hit two home runs on Monday. He also hit one on Saturday. For the year — which, for him, started on June 13 on the major league level — Casali is hitting .300/.345/.780 in 55 plate appearances.

Those two homers came off of his former Vanderbilt teammate David Price. Who, after the game, congratulated him on his night, even if he did so with some frowny-face emojis.

Who knows what kind of career Casali will have the rest of the way, but if nothing else good ever happens for him, he has this past week. And he should print out and frame the text from Price.

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).