Cubs tab Kyle Hendricks and Jason Hammel for NLCS Games 3 and 4

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Cubs manager Joe Maddon has tabbed Kyle Hendricks for the start in Game 3 of the NLCS against the Mets, and will likely go with Jason Hammel in Game 4, ESPN’s Jesse Rogers reports. Maddon was presumably non-committal for Game 4 because if the Cubs fall behind 3-0, he might prefer to go with Jon Lester in a do-or-die game.

Hendricks allowed three runs on four hits with no walks and seven strikeouts over 4 2/3 innings in his start against the Cardinals in Game 2 of the NLDS. Hammel started Game 4 against the Cardinals, yielding two runs on three hits and three walks with two strikeouts in three 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).