Orioles’ Dan Duquette: “We would like to sign a top-of-the-rotation starter.”

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On MLB Network Radio on Sunday, Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said that the club “would like to sign a top-of-the-rotation starter,” MLB.com’s Cash Kruth reports. “And by that, I mean a No. 1, 2 or 3 starter,” Duquette said.

There are a number of top-of-the-rotation starters available in free agency. Among them: David Price, Johnny Cueto, Zack Greinke, as well as Jordan Zimmermann, Yovani Gallardo, and John Lackey. The Orioles currently have just shy of $58 million committed to four players with 11 potential arbitration cases to settle, but only three of them are in their third or fourth years of arbitration eligibility, so they ostensibly have a bit of breathing room before matching last year’s $119 million Opening Day payroll total.

Duquette mentioned that the Orioles will also be looking at outfielders along with starting pitching.

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).