Padres bringing back Brandon Morrow on a minor league deal

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According to Corey Brock of, the Padres are bringing back right-hander Brandon Morrow on a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training.

The Padres took a chance on Morrow last winter by signing him to a one-year, $2.5 million contract. Things started off well enough, as he had a 2.73 ERA with 23 strikeouts and seven walks in 33 innings over his first five starts, but he landed on the disabled list in early May with right shoulder inflammation. He attempted to make it back a couple of times, but eventually required surgery in August to repair an impingement in his shoulder.

While Morrow has shown tremendous upside in the past, injuries have limited him to just 120 2/3 innings over the past three seasons. It’s hard to count on much from him at this point.

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).