Tigers say they aren’t in on Yoenis Cespedes and Alex Gordon

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It came as a bit of a surprise this morning when CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported that the Tigers were looking at free agent outfielders Yoenis Cespedes and Alex Gordon. However, Tigers general manager Al Avila downplayed the possibility of pursuing either player while talking to the media earlier this afternoon.

As of now, the Tigers have an outfield consisting of J.D. Martinez, Anthony Gose, and the recently-acquired Cameron Maybin. It’s probably safe to assume they’ll throw another name into that mix before the end of the winter, but barring something unexpected, they don’t expect to shop at the top of the market.

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).