Cubs, Blue Jays, and Dodgers among teams interested in Yovani Gallardo

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Rangers right-hander Yovani Gallardo was knocked around for five runs over six innings tonight against the Yankees, but he could still be moved before Friday’s non-waiver trade deadline.

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that Gallardo is drawing interest from five teams, with the Cubs, Blue Jays, and Dodgers being the “most aggressive.” The Yankees and Giants are also said to be in the mix for the impending free agent.

The 29-year-old Gallardo has had a nice year overall, posting a 3.39 ERA and 84/48 K/BB ratio over 127 1/3 innings. However, he’s not going into the trade deadline on a high note, as he has now allowed five earned runs in three straight starts. The Yankees likely weren’t impressed by tonight’s outing, but they could sure use some rotation depth after losing Michael Pineda to the disabled list today.

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).