Chone Figgins will retire as an Angel on Monday

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Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that veteran utilityman Chone Figgins will sign a one-day contract with the Angels on Monday and officially retire from baseball after spending parts of 12 seasons in the majors.

Figgins, 38, played with the Angels from 2002-09, putting together some very productive seasons including helping the club win the World Series in 2002. In 2005, he led all of baseball with 62 stolen bases while hitting .290/.352/.397.

Figgins spent the 2014 season with the Dodgers but hit a meager .217/.373/.267 in 76 plate appearances. He didn’t play last year.

Best of luck to Figgins as he hangs up his spikes.

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).