Red Sox are considering moves for Tyson Ross or Carlos Carrasco

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ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that the Red Sox, though out of the playoff hunt, are looking at improving their pitching staff for the long term, saying that they “like Tyson Ross a lot,” and have talked to the Indians about Carlos Carrasco.

As mentioned earlier, Carrasco is under contract for a while and Ross is team controlled for two more years as well.

Boston is dead last in ERA in the American League, has the third worst batting average against and is third in issuing walks. So yeah, either of these guys would help out considerably.

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).