Tigers pitching coach Jeff Jones retires

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Jeff Jones, who’s been the Tigers’ pitching coach since mid-2011, announced his retirement today at age 59.

Jones and the Tigers’ pitching staff had tons of success early on in his tenure as Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, and Anibal Sanchez all thrived, but of late it’s been more of a struggle and this season Detroit allowed the most runs in the entire league.

Jones pitched five seasons in the majors as a reliever for the A’s, throwing 205 innings with a 3.95 ERA from 1980-1984. Prior to becoming the Tigers’ pitching coach he had several stints on Detroit’s staff as a bullpen coach.

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).