Tigers considering reunion with Doug Fister

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Doug Fister was a star in Detroit, posting a 3.29 ERA (128 ERA+) in 440 2/3 innings between 2011-2013. Now he could be returning there as a 31-year-old free agent.

ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that the Tigers have expressed interest in signing Fister this offseason to help bolster a pitching staff that ranked 28th in the majors in ERA this past season. The right-hander missed time in 2015 to an elbow injury and he finished the year in the Nationals’ bullpen, but he’s a decent bounceback candidate and could come relatively cheap in a loaded starting pitching market.

Fister had a career-best 2.41 ERA in 164 innings for Washington in 2014.

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).