C.J. Wilson and Tyler Skaggs will likely begin the 2016 season on the disabled list

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Angels lefties C.J. Wilson and Tyler Skaggs are likely to begin the 2016 regular season on the disabled list, MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez reports. The club is still hopeful that both pitchers will be able to rejoin the roster before the month of April comes to a close.

Wilson was diagnosed with shoulder tendinitis on February 22. That was, all things considered, good news for the Angels as Wilson underwent surgery on his left elbow last August. He’s in the final year of his contract with the Halos, who could look to trade the veteran by the August 1 non-waiver trade deadline.

Skaggs is still on his way back from Tommy John surgery, having undergone the procedure in August 2014. He was originally drafted by the Angels in the first round of the 2009 draft, then was traded to the Diamondbacks in the Dan Haren deal back in August 2010. In December 2013, the Angels got him back in the three-team Mark Trumbo trade that also involved the White Sox. When Skaggs is healthy enough to pitch regularly, he’ll likely have to work his way back starting at Triple-A Salt Lake.

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).