Dan Haren will “probably” retire after the season

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Cubs pitcher Dan Haren, acquired in a trade with the Marlins on Friday, is likely to retire after the season, MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat reports. Upon arriving in Milwaukee with his new team, he informed Twitter that he’d be wearing the number 50, noting that it was his first number and “probably” his last.

Muskat has the quotes:

“I would say right now the chances are this will probably be it,” Haren said. “I don’t want to say this is it and pull a Brett Favre. That’s why I said ‘probably’ [on Twitter]. At least I leave myself a little way out.

“Chances are this is it,” he said. “After the season, I’ll relax and see where I’m at. I definitely want to make a push to get to where this team wants to go.”

Haren will make his Cubs debut on Wednesday against the Pirates. The veteran of 13 seasons carries a 3.42 ERA with an 88/25 K/BB ratio over 129 innings.

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).