Unique situation Wednesday night at Citi Field. As the game between the Padres and Mets was entering the later innings, rumors were flying that infielder Wilmer Flores and pitcher Zack Wheeler were going to be heading to the Brewers for Carlos Gomez. The trade was said to be done, pending physicals, and Flores received a nice ovation from Mets fans when he stepped to bat in the bottom of the seventh inning …
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Flores then broke into tears when he took the field in the top of the eighth inning, thinking he was finished in a Mets uniform. But the Mets had serious concerns about the stability of Gomez’s left hip after receiving his medical records and New York general manager Sandy Alderson announced immediately after the game that the trade had been called off. It’s not going to be revisited either.
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).