Anthony Swarzak inks minors deal with Yankees

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Some long relief depth here for New York.

According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Yankees have agreed to terms on a minor league contract with right-hander Anthony Swarzak. The deal will pay Swarzak a $750,000 salary if he makes the major league roster, though it’s almost certain he will open the 2016 season at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Swarzak spent the majority of the 2015 season with the Doosan Bears of the Korea Baseball Organization and struggled in that hitter-friendly league.

He owns a 4.45 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, and 280/131 K/BB ratio in 453 career MLB frames.

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).