Domestic violence policy suspensions will not include spring training games

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Over the weekend a report circulated that discipline meted out to Jose Reyes, Aroldis Chapman and anyone else subject to the league’s domestic violence policy would include spring training games. Which caused a bit of a stir given that, for major league players on guaranteed contracts, being forced to sit out spring training games is a reward, not a punishment. It likewise caused some to worry that, for all of baseball’s tough talk, actual penalties under the new policy may be lighter than some may like to see.

Today Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports, however, that suspensions will not include spring games. All penalties will consist of regular season games. Which is how drug suspensions and other suspensions work.

There are rumblings that the suspensions are coming soon. As we noted recently, Chapman says he will appeal any suspension he gets. Meanwhile the Rockies are not particularly eager to have Jose Reyes in camp, which will happen in two days barring any word on punishment before then.

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).