Report: Ben Zobrist scheduled to meet with Giants

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Fresh off signing right-hander Jeff Samardzija to a five-year, $90 million contract, the Giants remain active in the free agent market as they attempt to land another pitcher and a bat. With that in mind, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal hears that Ben Zobrist is scheduled to meet with the club and that the versatile free agent “remains high” on their priority list.

Zobrist is a bit of an interesting fit for the Giants, who already have their infield in place with Joe Panik at second base, Brandon Crawford at shortstop, and Matt Duffy at third. He’d likely get most of his playing time in left field, but he’d also be insurance for Panik, who has had some back issues. Free agents like Alex Gordon, Justin Upton, and Yoenis Cespedes probably make more sense for them on paper, though they will be pricier.

Zobrist just visited the Mets on Wednesday and has also been connected to the Nationals and Dodgers. He’s said to be looking for a four-year deal in the range of $60 million.

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).