Josh Hamilton is experiencing more discomfort in his troublesome left knee

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Josh Hamilton showed up to Rangers camp Tuesday, a week before position players are required to report, and went through a full baseball workout that included stretching, throwing, shagging fly balls, hitting, and running the bases. But the physical reports afterward weren’t so promising.

According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Hamilton’s left knee has started to “bark again” with the effects of a January anti-inflammatory shot now wearing off. The veteran outfielder plans to continue daily workouts and expects to be ready for Opening Day, but he’ll probably have to take it a little easier than he did Tuesday.

“We’ll hit it with treatment and see if it responds to being active every day. Hopefully it does,” Hamilton told the Star-Telegram. “I’m not really worrying about it. I ran some bases today. It seems like the more I do on it, the better it feels. … I think Doc said it was inflammation of the capsule. I’m wondering why, 2  1/2 weeks later, it started happening again. Is this going to be an ongoing thing? Is this not going to be an ongoing thing? I have those questions, too.”

Hamilton, who turns 35 years old in May, appeared in just 50 games last season for the Rangers and finished with a disappointing .253/.291/.441 batting line. He is owed $28.41 million in 2016 and another $28.41 million in 2017, though most of that tab is being picked up by the Angels.

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).