Jerry Blevins re-signs with the Mets


Veteran reliever Jerry Blevins tossed seven scoreless appearances for the Mets to begin the season and then didn’t pitch after mid-April due to fracturing and re-fracturing his left arm.

He’ll get another chance to establish himself as a key cog in New York’s bullpen, as Matt Yallof of MLB Network reports that Blevins has agreed to a one-year, $4 million deal to remain with the Mets.

Blevins has a 3.53 ERA in 352 career appearances for the A’s, Nationals, and Mets while racking up 309 strikeouts in 329 innings. He’ll probably be used in something resembling a left-handed specialist role, but has actually fared well enough versus right-handed hitters to be trusted as a traditional setup man.

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).